As part of promoting Through A Glass Darkly before it comes out, Jack Lewis Baillot offered to do a guest post on my blog. So, since we don’t know each other terribly well and haven’t a lot of formality to get through first (though I will let y’all know when the book comes out), here she is.
First of all I’d like to thank Sophia for having me visit her blog today. Second I must admit that I don’t feel prepared or up to the challenge to write this post but I am going to do my best for all of you.
Those of you who follow me on http://anthembirdwithabrokenwing.blogspot.com know I’ve had a rough past. I won’t go into details on here except to say it was full of pot holes. As a result I suffer from mental illnesses one of which is PTSD.
There has been much in life that has helped me begin to heal but nothing quite like writing.
It might seem somewhat strange since I only write fiction and have yet to write down my own story.
I guess the question comes up then, can fiction really heal? Can writing heal for that matter?
Healing comes in all forms for different people. Writing won’t help everyone but I firmly believe any art form is one of the best healing medicines. When one is in despair, to paint those feelings, write them down, play a song, or any other art form. God gave us arts for a reason, creativity and a small means of being able to create.
Creation in any form brings us close to God, our own Creator. And being close to God is healing.
For me I find healing mostly in writing. I write of the pains and joys of life, the falls and rises, of characters suffering with what I suffer. I put it in a fictional setting and watch to see how they cope, and I find a means of copping through their healing. It’s like we heal and find hope together. Walk along life’s valley of the shadow of death and assist each other as we go.
For me I find that fictional characters helps me heal the fastest. For others it might not work and maybe you would write about true events. Either way never underestimate the power of the arts in getting through rough times of life.
God is a creative being and made us to be as well. So no matter your interest and God given ability, pursue it and maybe it bring you hope as it did me.