Insecure Writer's Support Group: Writing Through Tough Times
Hello! I’m back from Wasteland Weekend, and possibly still dehydrated. That means it’s time for another IWSG post! This month’s question is…
How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?
Hoo, boy. There’s a lot to talk about here. I’d say that, short answer, yes. Major life events do affect my writing. Yes, writing helps me get through things.
As someone who has struggled with ongoing depression since early in my life, writing has always been an opportunity to escape. Creating characters has always been something I’ve loved, and my writing has taken on a number of forms to occupy me. I’d say that online role play writing has been the best form to get me through the tough times because of its interactive, relationship building nature. Stepping into another character was a nice change of pace from the struggles of high school with mental illness.
Today, things are a little better and a little more in control. Now, my writing explores the things on my mind, rather than trying to find an escape. I think I’m growing up a little bit!
In my current WIP, I’ve channeled a lot of life-with-depression experience into writing about a person who has seen too many things and done too many things and isn’t quite sure why they’re still even trying. It’s a pretty familiar feeling, so its kind of a nice way to step back and take a different perspective when I write and contemplate how my character would handle things Surprisingly—he doesn’t have the same coping skills I do. I guess I might have a few more years at this game than he does.
So, how about you? How do your own emotional or life challenges shape your writing? Let me know in the comments below.
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