The sudden death of a loved one may seem senseless. People who have experienced or suffered after this type of event may stop working effectively in school or at their jobs. They may lash out at friends, family, and coworkers. They may experience significant illnesses as stress depresses their immune systems. But writing about your feelings can prove to be healing for you and helpful for others. By channeling your emotions in a constructive way, your voice can become an honest, heartfelt
tool. Readers will find themselves relating and comparing their personal predicaments to yours. This proved to be the case for me while writing Flaherty's Crossing. Since its release, I have received numerous letters from women who had strained relationships with their fathers and carried this baggage into their marriages. Critics time and time again commented about the legitimate emotions my characters shared and the inspiration my words lent. But in telling a story, opening a vein to let your pain flow, authors can also add a fictional flare which protects their vulnerability. They can find resolution in their story telling that may never otherwise exist. So as you go through life, don't be afraid to tap into the drama you've experienced. This only makes your stories more believable.
With this in mind, here are a few questions I'd love for you to consider and respond to. Have you personally experienced a traumatic event in your life? Have you found it therapeutic to open up and allow your pent-up emotions to flow onto your pages? Have you discovered that your work touches or benefits others?