Writing is used for much more than creative outlets; it's a skill that's needed in every aspect of life.
But I prefer using it for creative outlets!
As I continue to write more, I find new ideas and ways to do things. Hooking up with other writers has helped too, but I had an experience at work today that brought home how unique writing can be.
I work at a mental health treatment center. One of my coworkers mentioned how, with the unique way I view the world (through the eyes of a writer), that I could be able to provide poetry and stories with the experiences I see and learn about while on the job. I had to smile, because that's sort-of what I do now; just not in the way they think.
I love to observe people. I love to watch and try to understand why people are doing what they do. Why tragedies, pain, hurt, abuse, and hate exist. Why such horrific actions take place.
And then, I write about them. Of course.
But I do observe the other details. Because the dark is not without light; shadows exist within the sun and reflections of the moon. Good intertwines with Bad.
I do write about the light, though; I believe in a strong sense of balance. So for the darkness, I provide some light. It's harder to see in the short stories I provide here.
Three of my long pieces, Winner Case files, Casting Stones, and For the Boy, they all have mixtures of light and dark. It needs to have them; to keep things real and steady. It needs it for balance.
Short pieces don't tend to need them as much, because it's a small Snippet of story.
I just don't often write about the Light in them. Other people do that for me.