Tuesday, February 21, 2017

life load



Sometimes the weight of life, yours and others is heavy. 

Sometimes knowing what others are going through or doing pulls you down. 

That’s one of the reasons I write. To put down the load, give it to someone else, someone fictional who won’t mind it and who will find a way to deal with it. As they find a way, so do I. 

It’s easier to share the burden. Even if it’s with someone imaginary.

Do you ever write to ease a burden or work through a problem?

17 comments:

  1. No, I don't really write for that reason. However, I love writing, and it does ease the emotional burden.

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  2. That's exactly why I started writing. My dad and my brother both had cancer and neither were expected to live (and they didn't, sadly). Life was too heavy to sit around and ponder, so thinking up plots was a great escape.

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    1. So sorry for your loss. I'm glad you were able to find a way to help you through it.

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  3. Absolutely! I write out past hurts and losses in my stories, not just present ones.

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    1. No, present ones aren't always ready for the page. Though sometimes I will write things out then destroy them.

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  4. It's not an intentional act, but sometimes when I re-read what I've written, past or present angst has found a way in. Hope your burdens are currently not too heavy.

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    1. Ah, no. I was just musing on the emotional aspect of writing. Thanks, though.

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  5. Writing was definitely an escape mechanism for me as a child, and it presented a safe way for me to imagine something better. In a way, I guess you could say it served as therapy. As an adult, life IS better, so writing is simply something I love doing, and no longer a way to "share a burden."

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  6. I write to escape. I read for the same reason. That's also why I'm not a huge contemporary or literary fiction fan - life has enough drama as it is. And writing is a good way to shove off frustrations, explore new places and simply have fun.

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  7. Definitely. I love having stories, or even journal writing, there to help ease the load or to act as a channel for strong emotions. Feelings and events can make great story fodder.

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  8. Sometimes I write to make sense of the burdens and perhaps to make a connection with someone who might have experienced something similar.

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  9. All the time, Sarah. When life has been at its hardest, the writing has felt even more essential.

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