WRITING TIP: Writing as alchemy

freewritingWhat if your suffering is a valuable resource for creating something noble and fine? In Art as Therapy, Alain de Botton tells us how this can be so: “One of the unexpectedly important things that art can do for us is teach us how to suffer more successfully. We can see a great deal of artistic achievement as ‘sublimated’ sorrow on the part of the artist, and in turn, in its reception, on the part of the audience.… In art, sublimation refers to the psychological processes of transformation, in which base and unimpressive experiences are converted into something noble and fine – exactly what may happen when sorrow meets art.”