Writing is one of the best forms of therapy out there, I believe. That said, I really and truly believe that what we write reflects a story of ourselves as writers. There are things that can be learned about us, if one were to want to look at the things we write. How characters relate, the things they yearn for, and the things they run from. I think that is part of the appeal to writing for me. That little bit of sharing or maybe I should say baring of the soul!
Deep down, I think that is part of the challenge of writing. Not so much the sharing, but the facing things that reflect me through the veil of someone else. There is a safety in it, but when you can’t lie to yourself, when life makes you see through things, it actually can make it that much harder. Facing ourselves through our characters, becoming someone new, transformation… These are all reasons I love to write, and I think fear it at the same time.
What about you? What kind of reflections do you see when you write? What is the challenging part of writing to you? Who do you see in your characters? In their challenges?