One reason I like to write is because I am a control freak. Where else can I create, express, manipulate, and destroy with impunity? Where else can I have such total, all-encompassing power without the moral dilemma of actually harming anyone in the process of acquiring and wielding it?
I find in my writing a great deal of therapeutic power. Whenever I feel that my life is out of my control, I know I can regain a sense of control through the manipulations of my characters and their stories through writing.
I can create my characters and their worlds in complete freedom to make them as beautiful or a dysfunctional as I please. I can manipulate their lives and circumstances in ways that I could not do, nor would want to do, to people in “real life”. My characters are like puppets on a string and I can move them here and there. If I don’t like the way I have made their lives go, I can wrap them up like a puppet and put them away.
I am the ultimate puppeteer.
ljg (c) 2013