Expression through words is timeless. It leaves a mark even after the author is long gone from this life. It tells a story only that person can tell. Each reader interprets written works differently and it can leave them feeling changed upon completion. Words are powerful.
This is why I love writing so much. This is also why I like to focus my energy on various genres. I love making up stories and developing characters, but I also like to write unfiltered about emotion and life experiences.
Some may say I give too much and should filter myself at times, but I sometimes think the best work is a product of pure, raw, unfiltered emotion. My reasoning for this is that I know in whatever I am feeling or whatever I am going through, I am not alone. Sure it may be cathartic to write about fears, emotions, past experiences and such, but it can also help a reader/readers experiencing much the same. It lets them know they are not alone. Sometimes that is enough to push forward. Sometimes learning of someone else's experience, knowing they came out the other side of it, is encouragement enough to not give up and look past current struggles. It gives hope.
Hope is something we all need, especially in a world that is pretty broken. The hope of overcoming is only a part. The whole and all-encompassing hope also comes from stories of real-life heroes, personal victories, joy, and acts of kindness. It leaves us knowing that there is plenty good amongst the bad in the world we all live in.
There is a need to be brought aware of the brokenness and the bad as well. It prepares us to take precautions, gives us the knowledge and awareness to help others, educates us against dangerous situations. It can also help us to find loved ones.
The good, the bad, ugly, beautiful, happy, sad, hopeful, and seemingly hopeless are all expressed through words. Love is expressed through words, as is anger and hatred.
Life is unfiltered, which is why I write whatever hits me on a particular day on this blog. You never know what you will see any given day.
Lately, I have had deadlines to meet, have been working on editing and rewrites on a novel, have been researching a bit on possible agents, and have entered some writing contests to better hone my skills. I have been interacting with the #writerscommunity on twitter and have found that to be a useful resource of some wonderfully sweet, helpful, encouraging, and brilliant people.
Everyone has a start and I encourage anyone reading this to live their dream the best they can in this short life we are given. Capture life unfiltered. Live it, and if you are a fellow writer, drop me your blog or twitter page below. I always love making new writer friends.