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Monday, September 10, 2012

Tour Stop: The Unloved [Guest Post]

This is my second stop in The Unloved tour and this time, author Jennifer Snyder is here to share her thoughts about writing.

Why Writing Is A Form Of Personal Therapy
by Jennifer Snyder

Some of you may know, and some of you may not, that The Unloved is a story inspired by the life situations that have happened to people I know. Even though I personally cannot relate to the majority of events that happen in The Unloved, that does not mean that I cannot relate to the emotions my characters felt during those situations in some way. I think this is why in some ways writing can be seen as a form of personal therapy for authors.

We can pour our own emotions from our lives, past and present, into the situations and issues our characters are dealing with without limitations, without the fear that comes with being 100% honest with a person about how we’re feeling or how we have felt in the past. We can be as raw and as truthful as we want without worrying that we’re jeopardizing the stability of ourselves in another’s eyes, without judgment.

Is writing a form of personal therapy for me? Yes, yes it is. I think that if you were to ask any author this question they, more than likely, would give you a similar answer. I’ve always heard that an author should write about what they know—what you feel is what a person knows most, is it not?

Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is an instant coffee lover with an obsession for spiral bound notebooks and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

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You can find the details about The Unloved and an excerpt from this post.

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