There’s a place that always tries to pull me away from reality, and the fantasy worlds that have been created from writing short stories and novels. Everyone has some kind of fantasy world, and whenever life gets to be too much, some people use that world to escape reality. I know I do. There’s just something about fictional characters and the fictional world that they live in that helps me escape from everything. Writing is my therapy, and the worlds I’ve created are the places that I can turn to when I need a break from the real world.

Some may think it’s crazy to be wrapped up in a fantasy, and on some level, it is, especially when someone gets too wrapped up in a fantasy. That’s when real life and fantasy become blurred and you can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not anymore. That’s where you run into problems. But to just slip into that fantasy (which is especially helpful when thinking of ideas to write for a given story) is the perfect way to escape from a hellish day.

This reminds me of the book Inkheart where the characters from different stories end up in the real world. Sometimes, I wish my characters could become real like that; either that, or I could just disappear into my stories like Harry Potter does in Tom Riddle’s diary.

Writing to escape helps keep me sane; and even in the midst of hours upon hours of homework that needs to be done, I take the time to either write or read a few scenes from my stories that I enjoy. All of this talk about writing being my therapy reminds me of the lyrics in Faithless’s song “God is a DJ”—“This is my church, this is where I heal my hurt.”

Amen to that.


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