Writers Talk About Mental Health


Remember Jacqui Morton’s recent amazing Rumpus essay? Well she is being interviewed over at The Rejectionist (run by Rumpus contributor Sarah McCarry!) about mental health, writing, and life.

“Anyhow! Writing was a passion before it became a profession. This in itself brings challenges but I don’t think they’re any different for me than they are for any writer who has to pay bills or take care of the kids. I always want to be with my passion, but sometimes I have to keep that at bay until I’m done with the writing that pays the bills. I do find that when I am particularly engulfed in a creative project that I can’t get to because of other obligations, I don’t feel completely healthy. Is that because I’m bipolar or is it because I am a writer?”

Read the rest here!

Ashley Perez lives, writes, and causes trouble in Los Angeles. She has a strong affinity for tattoos, otters, cat mystery books, and actual cats, but has mixed feelings about pants. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She runs the literary site Arts Collide and does work of all varieties for Women Who Submit, Entropy, Jaded Ibis Press, and Why There Are Words. You can find her on Twitter at @ArtsCollide. More from this author →