I’ve realized something in the past few days about how medications have an effect on my writer’s voice. Before I was diagnosed bipolar and went on medications, I had a much wetter, lively voice in my writing. Now, it seems drier and duller. Before it had a soul and now it feels rather disconnected.
However, lifting some of my Zyprexa by cutting the dose in half over the past month has made my writer’s voice seem a bit more alive. I’m not nearly there yet, but it’s encouraging me to speak to my doctor about reducing the medications as much as I can. I can function like a normal person now, but my creative writing really suffers. I don’t expect anyone to notice as I haven’t posted anything before I was on medications. Maybe I’ll notice a bigger difference as I keep finding my writer’s voice in this blog and reducing my medications.
Does anyone else feel this way about medications and writer’s creativity?
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2 thoughts on “Medications and my Writer’s Voice”
I do notice that my writing voice changes when I am on medication. It is a bit of a struggle deciding whether or not to be on the medicine and function like a “normal person” daily or to have that voice when writing. I’ve always had a humorous voice when writing and I explain things well (in how to articles, etc.) but the medicine makes me forgetful and sometimes groggy so the writing I do has a different voice when I am on the medicine. i hope you find that right level of medicine soon so you can have the best of both worlds!
Thanks, Crystal! I hope to find more of my old voice back again soon 🙂