When I’m writing, I’m creating my own story. Quite often I discover what I think as I write it. The current (temporary) truth becomes evident as I put it in written words. Written words don’t go round in my head in the same way that thoughts do. They may not come out perfectly linearly or logically, but they have to be in one layer, in one sequence. Like time, fixing the words and thoughts in time, locking them in for at least that moment. Writing has always been that way for me, especially journal writing. But even fiction writing, even humorous kids’ stories, were always capturing some aspect of myself. Perhaps this self-creation is part of the upliftingness of writing. That, and the sharing and communication, the feeling of linking with others, which is always important.