In my novellas and novels I frequently have animal characters that talk. I've come to realize this is some way of coping with my unfulfilled childhood dream of becoming a zoologist.
Yes and yes.
Oh yeah, definitely. I wouldn't say so much internal conflicts, as an internal conflict with the assumptions of most people about life, sexuality, abuse, criminal behavior, mental illness. I want to grab people and shake them and make them think about their assumptions. Instead of ranting on a blog, I write an entire novel. I mentioned I'm an overachiever?
In my first novel, 'New Beginnings' there was indeed a kind of personal therapy. In the novel, the main character is bullied, and it did actually happen to me when I was at school (not to such a great extent). I found writing this novel did help me to put some of that behind me at last.
As far as my second novel, 'When Dreams Come True,' is concerned, I enjoyed writing it but there was no personal therapy involved that time.
Maybe, I am not sure, I might be able to answer this question when I get rid of the 'external' conflicts and the angry people who keep calling because of The Detour.
One of the underlying themes of A Vision of Lucy is abandonment. It's an odd thing but I think every child who loses a parent at a young age, even if itís to death, feels abandoned. I know I did and I delved into that pain to write the book. I guess the ability to write serious themes with humor is a survival tool.
Writing is the best form of personal therapy. I believe this is the reason why social media is so addictive, because people get to write their feelings as they are having them and get feedback or support from others experiencing the same thing so people don't feel alone in their struggles. Internal conflicts are an extreme creative force for me, ironically, when things are going well, I tend not to have anything to write about.
Yes, definitely. As I answered in the previous question writing is very much a catharsis for my troubled mind. I've purged my thoughts and feelings on paper more than in any other way.
The driving force is to ultimately have an autobiography that makes sense chronologically. As well as it being an interesting read for fellow fishermen, I hope?
It can be, but it can also have no relationship to what is happening in my own life.
somtimes it can help me feel better & somtimes it helps me write stories but mostly poems.
Seriously, any writer who doesn't admit using their 'internal muse' as a source of inspiration is dishonest. It can be immensely cathartic, I use it all the time.
Definitely. Writing does serve as a form of therapy. As a matter of fact that was how my love for writing began; as a means though which I expressed my thoughts and feelings as an only child when I felt I had no one else to talk to.
I recently came across the artwork that I used as my picture on here. It is by an artist called Aniekan Udofia: www.artofaniekanudofia.com. I felt completely at one with it. The imagery in many ways tells my story as a writer. Writing is very therapeutic because it gives you FREEDOM. Sometimes, internal conflicts may stem from a fear of being judged or misunderstood. You can fight that battle through words on paper. I not only discovered myself, but I also liberated myself through writing; the words I write serve as my ammunition through the confusion of lifeís battle. A war I won when I realised that I donít always have to tell MY story. Sometimes, MY story resonates quite loudly while telling the stories of others.
As an aspiring creative writer I know that the mind has no boundaries... you can create, explore and develop a whole new world and then get totally lost in it. You are in control. You can be you. I just try not to make it too perfect to save me any disappointment when I come back to earth.
Absolutely, in good times and bad, writing is a wonderful form of personal expression and gives you clarity.
Therapy? Not so much. But past internal conflicts do provide good fodder for drama.