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I've created these lives for myself, you see

 

I write to make stories turn out the way I want them to

I can create perfect worlds and make up wonderful people

The good characters win and the bad characters lose

The right people find each other and everything always turns out for the best

Because that's the way it should be, isn't it?

 

I think sometimes I write to escape from myself

For a moment, I can be the beautiful woman who is strong and kind and good

When I don't want to be myself, that's who I can become

I can write her story for her, this character that I do not hate so much as myself

 

I write to believe that love exists

I can make the quiet girl fall in love with the handsome stranger

I can get rid of unsavory characters and give them the punishment they deserve

I can create the perfect family or the perfect friend

People who say what they mean and do what they should

 

I've created these lives for myself, you see

Because the writer of my own story keeps getting it wrong

 

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Taken on February 18, 2012