Writing to Me is….Escapism.
When I think about what writing means to me so many adjectives spring to mind: addictive, essential, rewarding, frustrating…but the one that stands head and shoulders above the rest is ‘escapism.’
Let me explain.
Life is hectic. I’m a working mother with two teenage sons. My job as a veterinarian is both intellectually and emotionally demanding. Veterinary medicine requires logic and deduction, not flights of fancy or the imagination, but cold, hard scientific facts in order to reach a diagnosis. And then I must translate those conclusions into words that a distressed client can understand without baffling them with long words.
I have worked at the same practice for twelve years and have known many of the patients since they were puppies or kittens. When they become ill, this is extra pressure because I feel I know them like my own pets. The temptation is to then ‘take work home with me’ and dwell on difficult cases once I’ve left the surgery, which is not good for my mental health. I’ve learnt the hard way that everyone needs time to relax and switch off…and this is where writing comes in.
I started writing five years ago, after a school reunion. People I hadn’t seen for twenty years asked if I still wrote stories, (my English homework was regularly read out to the class.) In a ‘Eureka’ moments, I remembered the satisfaction and escapism of crafting a story, went home and started writing.
I’ve never looked back since. Always an avid reader, to rediscover the joy of crafting my own world is escapism without price! I have a photographic memory and visualize a scene in my head and then transfer it to the page – an almost meditative process. Mentally placing myself in Regency England, mixing with the characters and feeling their peril has trained me to let go of the worries of the present day, rest and refresh. It’s amazing how much more energy I have when I don’t waste it brooding over the day and worrying about the one ahead.
And for me there’s something extra special about historical romance. History lends an extra escapism: the suspension of disbelief gained with the distance of time. And ignoring obvious discomforts (like the lack of flushing toilets, argh!) the past has romanticism all of its own: powerful stallions, men in breeches, ladies in silk gowns, need I go on?
So for me writing is an escape from everyday cares….plus I get to spend more time with Widget (one of my five cats.) She thoroughly approves of my writing habit because she snuggles up to my leg. I’d like to think it was love, but I suspect it’s more because I’m warm…but hey, you can’t have everything!
Thank you for joining me today! I’d love to hear how you escape the pressures of everyday life. Please leave a comment (one lucky person, drawn at random, will receive a $10 Amazon eVoucher.)
To learn more about Grace Elliot and her work, please visit: http://graceelliot-author.blogspot.com. Grace can also be found on twitter as: Grace_Elliot.
Her debut novel, A Dead Man’s Debt – described as ‘historical romance at its best’ by The Romance Reviews – is available at most eBook stores including Amazon.
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