Thursday, October 14, 2010
How you can win through writing
He worked for me and I trusted him. I treated him like everyone else. Back then, twenty years ago, I trusted most everyone. I lived in small town USA. That’s how we were. That’s how I was.
When I realized who I was dealing with, it was too late. So began a period of stalking lasting on and off for years. A spell in the county jail stopped his worst behaviors but not everything.
Even as I type this, I wonder if he’s found me.
Sometimes events in our life alter us for good and sometimes they just change us.
Every now and then, the emotions I experienced back then resurface. I taste the acid terror and remember the gut-wrenching panic when I realized he could destroy my family.
As a writer, I can use all of these emotions—I can channel them into a realistic story.
And that’s exactly what I try to do.
Not one moment in my life has been wasted. Not one. As a writer, we get to recycle, revise and reclaim everything we’ve gone through. Good and bad.
That’s how I win.
Are you using your life experiences to enhance your writing?