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Writing fixes me.

Before I started writing, I changed careers every five minutes. My family was living in a constant state of upheaval. When I wasn’t changing jobs, I was repainting the house or moving furniture from room to room. It took vast amounts of change to get my ADD brain’s needle to move, to feel excited about something. And those changes were very difficult for my decidedly-not-ADD husband.

What I didn’t know when I started was that writing would help me better than any medication ever could. And I’ve tried a lot of ADD meds.

National Novel Writing Month is why I started. I wanted to see if I could complete the challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in a month.

I wondered if I could do it. In the words of Joy from the animated film, Inside Out, “I’ve got a great idea!” This sentence is one that my friends and family have come to fear. “Uh oh,” they think, “what’s Auburn up to now?”

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Writing a novel in a month seemed like a fun, mildly crazy, and possibly unattainable challenge and I’m always up for one of those. The more impossible a task seems, the more I’m lit up by the idea of tackling it.

But then, two days before it was time to start this novel that I had zero idea how to write, my parent’s marriage of 36 years ended dramatically. That’s a whole separate angsty story, but I mention it because for the next two days I contemplated whether I should just try the book thing another time. I mean, some challenges are just too big, right?

But, it turned out, that writing that book was a welcome distraction. For thirty days I ignored the emotional chaos in my own life and focused on creating drama for fictional characters.

Writing calmed me down. Hyper-focusing on completing a draft of a novel in such a short time was just the medicine I needed to process through my feelings. When life became too difficult to cope with, I turned back to my book and channeled all my emotions into those characters. It’s possible that I tortured those poor characters. And I liked it!

I started writing because I was intrigued by the challenge, but I continue to write because writing fixes me. It keeps my ADD brain focused because each new book is a new obstacle. And new is good for the ADD brain. And writing fixes my soul, too. When I’m overwhelmed with emotions that I don’t know how to handle, I write. I pour all the angst into my characters and story arc. I break rules all over the place in my fiction because I can and nobody in real life is damaged by my constant need for change and rebellious ways.

Writing is freedom and medicine, all in one. I write because that’s when I truly get to be me.

author imageAbout Auburn:

Auburn Seal began writing professionally when she found herself standing in the ruins of her previous career as a domestic engineer. Rising from the ashes of a life she hated, she has found solace and a rebirth in writing genre fiction. The primary difficulty she faces now is that genres are like potato chips and she can’t settle on only one, although mysteries are her first love. Paranormal elements are found in nearly all of her novels and come in all flavors.

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Auburn, thank you SO much for sharing your story! I’m so glad writing fixes you. So peeps, if you’re writer, what does it do for you? Readers, do books “fix” you? Heal you?

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7 thoughts on “Why Writing Fixes Auburn Seal

  • March 27, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    they can be enjoyable to read

  • March 23, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Writing’s an outlet. If I don’t make creative things, my head hurts and I start to fret about weird stuff like floor waxing. NaNo is great for the general encouragement and format, but 50k on top of my life, at my level and speed is something I’d need to take a month off for and that would be unwise at this career-stage…
    Reading’s also an outlet, oddly enough, even though I’m taking in someone else’s world. It means I can take my big amorphous blob of feelings that tend to hang around in the background and shape them into actual things! Thank you, writers!

    • March 23, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      Oh my goodness, Lee, that is SO true! And my brain will scare me to death to get me going. It can turn a walk to the mailbox into an endurance trial! LOL Yeah, reading is that for me, too and really, really well done tv or movies. Something where the words are just so good. As Time Goes By is like that. Such good writing!

  • March 23, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Amber, your story sounds so much like mine! I always had stories inside me, and NaNoWriMo managed to squeeze them out of me no matter what the heck was going on around me.
    Thanks for the validation and continued inspuration!

    • March 23, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      Very cool, Thomas! I had a feeling this post would speak to other writers. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • March 23, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Yeah reading and listening to audios takes me to places I didn’t know I wanted to go. With a gorgeous heroes and a very happy ever after I can’t truly escape

    • March 23, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      I’m really digging the listening, too, Julie and isn’t it fun to take those journeys with fun people? 🙂

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