Writing allows you to create your own world, your own heroes, your own challenges, and thrive in a fictional setting. You can be whomever you want to be, you can create characters and set them in an environment they would never normally be in, and see where the story takes you.
Writing is not only an outlet for your imagination, it is also a way to set your feelings free. Even writing a journal/diary that you don’t intend to share with anyone, can be very freeing. You can be brutally honest and say things that would be unpopular or a cause for concern while you explore your deepest inner thoughts. And it doesn’t have to mean you are mentally unstable or you have deep underlying issues, it’s part of exploring the human psyche. And by writing them down, you may understand yourself better. By trying to clearly formulate your thoughts and emotions into distinct words, you can discover things about yourself that you might not have otherwise.
Writing a story is not only freeing, but gives you a way of controlling things that are out of your hands in real life. You can create characters in your story that are based on real-life situations or people, and make them do things the way you want them to. That boy that didn’t ask you for prom and went with someone else? In your book you can make him take you to prom. You can make him have feelings for you, you can make him reject you and then you meet someone else. The possibilities are endless!
Though writing can be so many things, it is important not to lose touch with reality. Writing is an outlet and can be very freeing, but you cannot disappear into your imagination and disconnect from reality completely. Then you’re trying to hide from reality and that’s possibly a sign you should change things in your real life.