I first learned of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group eons ago. Being both a writer and insecure, I thought I’d fit in perfectly. However, I never took the step to commit, for whatever reason. (Truly. I have no idea what my reasoning was at the time.) But that’s changing as of this month!
October’s question is: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?
Like most people, I find writing cathartic. As a bullied child and teenager, I turned to song lyrics and poetry to express my pain. In my 20’s, I wrote novels, wherein I could exact some much desired revenge on characters who couldn’t defend themselves (unless I let them). *Insert malicious laughter*
I still deal with bullying, but not in the way you might think. I have become my own bully. More vicious than any I’ve had before, because I know me inside and out, I don’t have to learn which buttons to push to make myself miserable. The purple one makes me feel ugly. The green one brings up memories from adolescence. The black one with silver stars? Oh, the less said about that one, the better. Through writing, I am able to cope with the bouts to knock myself out. For some reason, it helps me understand what’s happening. I have a stronger grasp on my own thoughts when I’m lost in a world that I’ve created.
And isn’t that what writing is all about? People trying to make sense of what they think?
Let’s get the beach ball rolling: How has your hobby helped you cope with life’s slings and arrows?