This week’s prompt was suggested by Friday’s Voice Amanda Kasper:
Why do you write?
When I was six years old, my family watched a biopic on the life of L. Frank Baum, the author of the Oz books. While I would later learn that the majority of the film took some major liberties and strayed from what actually happened, it did the trick by opening up my eyes to the world of writing. Up until that point I had never thought of stories as something that could be created. From that moment I was hooked on the idea of creating my own stories.
Although the reasons have varied throughout the years, writing has always been a safe haven for me. During my childhood it was more of an escape than anything else. The crazier my world became, the further I delved into writing. When I was first admitted into foster care I was alone and scared to death, so I turned to the only outlet I knew – only this time in the form of songwriting. It wasn’t intentional -at first I didn’t even know I was writing a song. I didn’t have access to a pen or paper so when the lines (what I first thought was poetry) kept running through my head, I set it to a melody in order to help me remember it until I could get my hands on something to write with. Once I realized what I had created, every emotion, all the confusion and fear, came pouring out in the form of music. Suddenly I had another outlet for when words alone were not enough.
Lastly, writing is what I turned to help me get past my past my childhood, whether it be through writing about my experiences here or over at my blog Home. Strangely enough, I have never shared my fiction or music with anyone as it feels much more personal than anything I’ve ever published on my blogs – which is strange, considering how personal the subject matters tend to be.
To sum it all up, writing is, and I believe will always be, the way the that I find myself. That is why I write.
Peter Combs is a 28 year old husband, writer and former foster child. He currently lives with his wife, Renee, in Atlanta, Georgia. Peter is the author of the blog Home.