"Creative outlets are essential to a well-rounded and happy lifestyle. Lack of a creative outlet has been shown to trigger many psychological states such as depression, stress and apathy." Source
I think this is why I started writing. I felt all of the above to some degree: depressed, stressed and apathetic. Sure, I was married to the man of my dreams, had two beautiful kids, finally finished law school, and passed the bar. Shouldn't I have been ecstatic? Yes. I was. To a degree. But...something was missing. Then I started reading a lot. A couple of girls from work started an informal book club where we just swapped all the books we had. I devoured books like I previously devoured reruns of Law & Order (that all of the sudden seemed so unrealistic). Until it dawned on me: I can write.
So I did. I wrote a book. It was a paranormal romance set in France. Early in the mornings and late at night when the family slept, I would sneak away to France on an adventure. It lit my world up. I found something I felt genuinely excited about. It filled up that missing space that I only sort of knew existed.
It's been over three years and three books later, and I still love and appreciate what the world of writing does for me. For my spirit. For my mind. I could have chose painting, music, crafting, theater (I was a theater major undergrad)--all these things involve the art of creation. Yet, I chose writing. I still choose writing because it gives me a spark, a passion, a sense of creation I've never felt before. It makes me believe my little voice may actually be heard.
Why did you choose writing as your creative outlet? Or if writing is not your main outlet, what is?