Thanks as ever to Alex
Co-Hosts this month:
I'll answer the second part of this question first - Yes, writing has helped me hugely over the years when dealing with some painful experiences. From the rather awkward and naive attempts at poetry as a teenager trying to make sense of relationships and the sudden loss of my father, to the MG manuscript I wrote five years ago after losing my mother following a long illness. There is no doubt that having that manuscript to escape to was much needed and although I haven't really done much with it, I have recently been thinking about it and wondering whether I should revisit it and work on it some more.
On a non-fiction note, I find that writing down my thoughts and feelings is a good way to process things - usually, this writing is for my eyes only!
However, on the flip-side, I have experienced periods of stress that have smothered my creativity and the words have dried up for a while. When this happens I try not to panic as this only makes me more stressed! At times like this I allow myself a break from writing to re-charge that side of me until the urge to write overtakes me again.
I am definitely thankful to have writing in my life!