Writing for me is more than a form of expression. It is also a form of release.
Once I really started writing, developed my own stories and got attached to my characters, I realized how some of my own feelings, desires, fears, and frustrations became real on the page.
I was going through a really tough time, and somehow by putting my own characters in my situation, I could see things from a whole new perspective. Writing helped me accept and understand certain events and people of my life.
Kiera Cass, the writer of The Selection Series, once said the same thing, about how putting her characters in her own situations, helped her deal with her problems.
Somehow you are able to detach yourself from the whole picture and take a look at things from a different point of view. By doing that you release yourself from those feelings that chain you down. You get the sensation that you lock your inner demons on those pages, instead of battling them inside yourself.
If you get people to read your work, you might even help them deal with their own demons. I let a friend read one of my works, and she said that what happened to my character hit her right in her wound. She saw herself in my character, and she felt real relief when my character said out loud everything she always wanted to say.
For me seeing how much my work impacted someone made all the effort, all the pain and all the joy I went through that inspired my story, to somehow be worth it. That’s what telling stories are all about. It’s about sharing experiences, taking people to other places, helping each other, healing old wounds, and giving courage to those who need it.
I write to understand the world, and better yet, to understand myself.
Writing is a journey, and reading is an escape.