Do you ever find yourself going back in time to discover the coolest things? Sometimes when I go through old material, such as stories, poems, and journal entries that I’ve written, I discover a piece of my past. Often, I have forgotten this piece of me, of the beliefs I held during that time and of the emotions I was going through. Looking back, I realize I still believe in the same things, yet somehow, I’ve forgotten to make it a priority.
While going through old material to compile poems for my upcoming poetry book, I stumbled upon this interesting journal entry that I’ve written for a Creative Writing class. Here is the except that really spoke to me.
One sleepless night, I came up with an awesome analogy, which has become my new philosophy. Life is like a short story. You need to have conflict, tension, connections and disconnections in order to experience triumph. Sometimes I wished my life was perfect, but I really don’t want it to be because then it would be boring, like Happy Ending story 1 – they live, they fall in love, get married, and die. I’d rather have the rollercoaster ride because when it goes down, I’ll have something to look forward to. What comes down will ultimately go up again, ’tis the bittersweet cycle of life.
Writing is self-expression in that it is like a diary. You can vent about life without being completely vulnerable because all your qualities and faults are placed in your characters. You are free to alter the truth and let your characters be someone you’re not and believe in something you don’t. That’s why I love fiction.