Social media is all about expressing yourself via the written word. Why are people so active on social media? Why do seemingly shy people end up sharing a lot about themsleves?
Writing gives us an outlet, a way to express concerns and opinions and doubts and anger. Creative writing gives us a different kind of outlet. We write from another person's point of view, getting inside their head, dealing with issues we give them, challenges we present to them. Writing about other peoples issues help us deal with our own. It gives us a chance to decide what would be right under difficult circumstances, to help us understand why people act the way they do. It gives us a chance to make sense of a challenging world. And most of all, it gives a place to hide from our own problems, if only for a short time.
That's why I write. How about you?
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Sunanda Chatterjee is a practicing physician in Southern California. When she is not by the microscope making diagnoses, she loves to write fiction.