Do authors, in general, suffer emotional issues and writing becomes a form of expression? So ask me anything about it.
I ask this question because I once did an online interview where they asked me over 200 questions about myself and my writing. The questions seem to constantly steer into my emotional well-being and mindset. It was like taking a police entrance exam I did many years ago where you get the same question asked repeatedly in different ways. In that exam, they did that to catch your true feelings about things. For example, in the police exam I was asked if I was happy, well, of course, you are going to answer yes. You want the job right? Then some questions later it asks you if you had a million dollars what would you change in your life? If you answer anything but nothing, it means you are not happy. Then the next question again is if you are happy.
So in this writer’s interview, I am constantly asked why writers commit suicide and feel depressed. This was very odd why a general interview about me as a writer would need to dwell on this. So it occurred to me that there may be a percentage of writers that write to escape or express themselves. To create a world and live it and then need to write another book to express more. So do you feel that writing is therapeutic and necessary to some? In light of frequent shocking events with famous people taking their lives, maybe this discussion is relevant and timely as ever.
I know for me in my Vickie book series, harsh emotional issues are dealt with frequently. As my books deal with it, I had hoped that it might help someone. The lessons taught in the books is that we may not be able to lessen life’s pain but develop better tools to manage it. Like a child that cries when they drop their favorite snack, to us being older it is just a nuisance. So apparently the key might be not what life throws at us but how we react to it. In my books, I tried to illustrate that people coping with issues are not weak or cowards, but are having a hard time categorizing what they deal with. Like a car driving in circles not able to park itself somewhere. Anyway maybe if writers, in general, do suffer from some kind of phobia, distress, books may serve as a way of reaching others and sharing. What are your thoughts?
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