Writing is a form of escape. I love the feeling of being someplace else. When I write its not because of internal conflicts. I feel a variety of new creativity that I can express without boundaries. Internal conflicts have boundaries and cause writers block.
Sometimes - although those usually tend to be short stories. When my middle child was born he was very ill and it was a really tough time. Some years later I wrote a short story about a mother going through a similar experience and it helped me make peace with what the two of us had been through and let go of a lot of the anger and pain surrounding the time.
I believe this could be correct. I do get a personal satisfaction from writing and whether or not a piece is published, the fact that I did it is achievement.
Writing, or any other form of artistic expression comes from the heart. Having grown up in the South, I know there is a great tradition of writers from this region. Many who may be well-known and many not so well-known. They all feel the urge to write. They have a story to tell within them. We are a better people for having had them among us. A great example of a great Southern writer would be Eudora Welty. She was from Oxford, Mississippi (which was also the home of Tennessee Williams and current home of John Grisham). I wonder if this story-telling tradition has something to do with the making of writers in this region?
My own hangups aren't anywhere close to being as interesting as the ones I give my characters. I'm pretty happy and it doesn't seem to interfere with writing about neurotic people. But of course, we all have seen/heard of/experienced enought conflict and pain to fill a hundred long novels.
Personal therapy -- you bet your sweet bippie!!! I have resolved many a family problem through my scripts. As a result the family members stay alive and I'm not technically a killer. LOL
Internal conflicts are not only a creative force, they are a must!
It's sad, but true. The more drama there is in my life, the more I write. The only problem is, what kind of drama fuels what I'm writing about. If I'm having a crappy love life, so ins everyone in my story. If I'm feeling sad, or lonely, so is the protagonist. But, if I'm in a good mood, maybe the cliffhangers aren't quite so scary.
I wouldn't say its a conflict, but... I write to escape reality. Reality gets tough sometimes, you know. Sometimes you just want to escape it and dream of a life you wished you had. I just write it down. so you could say that. It makes me insane and drugs me with dreams, but it also keeps me sane so i don't go rebelious or do something really nuts.
I have told an overwhelming number of people to write down how they are feeling, whether they intend to share it or not, as all of my writers have done so to alleviate the symptoms of personal issues. Keeping a diary or writing poetry can help to distribute stress or high emotion, leaving the mind clearer and more able to process problems.
Yes, for me it is personal therapy. It is also a way to relax, to let out any frustrations. as an English teacher, I tell my students to grab a pen and paper and when you are in a nasty mood: angry, upset etc, start writing down your feelings, why this is happening to you. I received wonderful results and some scary writing when they showed me what they wrote.
To the first part, absolutely not. And that's a terribly bullshitty concept, that writing is somehow supposed to afford me some kind of personal therapy. That's not to say (to address the second part of your question) that internal conflict can't drive an act of creation, but I suspect most of the really great writing has come from people who were more or less at peace with the topics with which they were dealing. An internal conflict of the intestines is frequently a creative force, although the resultant work is hardly worth a close examination.
Of course - every writer shows themselves in their work.
Most definitely. I write my best stuff when I'm sad, angry, or blissfully relaxed.
Absolutely. By expressing my thoughts and opinions in a public forum I have saved thousands on therapist visits!
Oh, it absolutely can be. Sometimes, the best stuff that comes out of me is because I was hurt, angered, felt betrayed, dejected, rejected. I try to use it. All great stories have conflict.
Yes and yes.