The Creative Connection – Part 2

I wanted to share today part two of what will become a series here on The Bipolar Writer. In this series, I make connections with famous creative members of society that may have, did suffer, or are suffering and living with a mental illness. You can find part one here: The Creative Connection – Part One

Today I will highlight three authors.

The Creative Connection Part Two

H.P. Lovecraft

lovecraft_530x@2xH.P. Lovecraft is known for his influential work in the horror genre, and we that have a love for the horror genre will always remember for his brilliant writing. I know personally, I will never forget the work he contributed to the world

Lovecraft also struggled internally and externally with mental illness over the course of his life. Lovecraft suffered from night terrors and a traumatic sleep disorder but is also known that he suffered from severe depression as well. What is also known is that Lovecraft suffered from suicidal ideations and was suicidal from time to time. Lovecraft is another connection to writing brilliance mixed in with mental illness.

Jack Kerouac

quote-because-in-the-end-you-won-t-remember-the-time-you-spent-working-in-the-office-or-mowing-jack-kerouac-61-1-0120Known for his work On The Road, Jack Kerouac was discharged from the military for having schizophrenic type symptoms though he was never actually diagnosed. Kerouac dealt with severe depression in his life, but it did not keep him from writing a great American Novel. Kerouac is another excellent example of the connection between creativity and mental illness.

Stephen King

Stephen-King-Famous-Writers-With-Depression-RM-pg-full.jpgIf you love the horror genre of books, then you will know the famous Stephen King– known for being the master at writing horror books, the acclaimed author is known to have written some of his best works while dealing with depression.

I personally have read so many of King’s great novels, and he is one of the authors that influenced my love for books as a kid (yes, I read many of his books before I was ten.) So it was interesting for me to see how someone to creative could write some of his best work when he was depressed. It makes me feel less alone.

Final Thoughts

I am digging deeper into this story, and I plan on expanding this series into more modern writers and those writers from history. A real connection exists with creativity and mental illness, and I would like to highlight this in the coming months.

Always Keep Fighting (AKF)


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12 Replies to “The Creative Connection – Part 2”

  1. There’s definitely a connection. I can only write fiction when I’m seriously depressed… maybe partly because I don’t have the energy to do anything else.

      1. LOL, so am I. And an artist, who also have higher than average suicide rates. And autistic, which have higher than average suicide rates. I don’t have much of a chance. I’m also born on the same day as Sylvia Plath and Dylan Thomas – two famous poet suicides!

  2. My bouts of depression have no particular reason or trigger. Similarly, there is no exact science as to whether or not depression inspires me to write. I guess when the depression makes me angry I’m more likely to write about it. Then again, sometimes I just get lazy, spending my days believing like life, writing isn’t worth it.

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