I began writing and illustrating stories when I was in 1st grade for my class - I loved the response I got. Fellow students who hated reading found a new interest and I began writing more stories for my classmates and started teaching them to read! This also began my first volunteer project which was a huge promotion to learn to read.
I loved being able to help others and boost their confidence and I loved having a creative outlet and interest others.
As I grew older, it became a "silent" outlet for my feelings/emotions that I was too scared to share with others and felt I had to hold in. After attempting to write a book, writing about half of it, and then losing it due to an error on the computer, I lost all motivation for writing stories/books and began writing poetry and lyrics.
I love that moment the pen hits the paper and your heart is poured out in a flood of words - sometimes beautiful and eloquent, other times ugly and harsh, but no matter what, it's a beautiful outpour of true emotion and nothing can beat that. It's honesty in it's most pure/true form. Writing everything down, relieving the burden of pent up ideas and emotions onto a keyboard or piece of paper, maybe even a type writer, is like getting lost in your own world where no one can touch you, no one can take back your thoughts or hold them against you. Freedom.
I suppose that's what writing is for me...Freedom and passion, an art form.
I only wish I had more time to dedicate to this amazing art like I used to.