As I wrote this I looked through all my old stories I've written. I'm getting into the nitty gritty of my personal life here with you so please bear with me if it sounds odd.
I'm always trying new things in life and writing is no exception. When I first started writing properly I was around 11. It was all fluffy, happy endings because my life was so shit I couldn't bare to have my characters going through anything too bad without coming out the other side. You could say writing was my escape when I was younger. In time, I learned how to detach myself from situations I wasn't comfortable being in and eventually it was like I wasn't even aware of what was going on any more. and this reflected in my writing. By the time I was about 13 it got more clinical and there was less feeling to what I was writing. Looking back on the shit I spouted I'm surprised I didn't give up there and then.
As it happens, I kinda did for a little while. I got into drink and drugs and the whole of 2006 is like a writing black hole. Anything I did write (if there was anything) got deleted and I didn't write a thing until my 17th birthday.
Since then my writing has more or less stabilised, as has my life. But I think it's safe to say that my personal life has influenced my writing greatly.
We can stand in the light as much as we want, hoping that it will purify and burn away the mistakes we've made. But the truth is, it's only when we stand in the light that we cast our darkest shadow.
♫ You think you'll win, but soon you'll see, you may beat some, but you can't beat me ♫