Today’s guest blog post is brought to you by Andre Cruz.
Do you write to get free from your problems?
I know I do and I have plenty of them. For instance, who says you have to be old to have health problems?
Not my eye doctor, that’s for certain. You see I am not even 30 years old and I have high eye pressure in both of my eyes. This can lead to blindness if not treated.
Lucky for me I can afford proper treatment, which comes in a small bottle and no, I don’t mean beer, but sometimes I wish it. Especially since beer is cheaper.
I have more problems as well and even though I don’t know you, I can safely assume that you have problems too. This is life after all.
Before you take out the world’s smallest violin and before I pull out my conductor baton, I am going to shift this conversation toward a more positive direction, so look up…
Hey, down here… While I know that some writers, especially in nonfiction, use their bad life experiences such as child abuse, alcoholism and gambling addiction for inspiration for their work and this may seem that they are doing the complete opposite of what my blog is about for the sake of making money. And since I don’t have Alzheimer’s, okay… I know my blog’s title is about writing to get free, I know free, from life’s problems. Let me tie all this together.
I feel that the writers that choose to write about their demons are really trying to exorcise them, not to the point of forgetting them, since in most cases that is impossible unless you believe in hypnotherapy, but to get free from their control so that they can live the way they want. In most cases that want is to live a New York bestseller’s life style. Kidding…
In my case, I don’t write about the bad things in my life. I write about my dreams since fiction easily allows me to do so. I put my dreams on paper to get free from my life’s problems, even if it is only for a writing session at a time. However, that may change depending on what curve ball life hurdles at my face and if I am left picking up my teeth from the ground. Even if I decide to write about my afflictions in my fiction, such as my failed attempt to be the next Dr. Seuss, it will be to free myself from their control over my life.
So again, since Alzheimer’s isn’t on my problem list as of yet, let me take this moment to recall what I had asked you. Do you write to get free from your problems?
Morgen: Thank you, Andre. That was really interesting. My fifth (still in a file) novel was written as therapy, but I enjoyed writing it, and the end result, so much that I plan to publish it (having changed some names).
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