Quote of the Day—Gustave Flaubert

I find this to be very true of myself. In writing my current novel, Ourselves and Others, which is based on my own experience in a psychiatric hospital, I've discovered a strong desire to defend those who struggle with mental illness. I've always believed mental illness shouldn't be taken lightly, but writing about it has multiplied that belief. Metaphorically traveling back to the psych ward makes me more present than I was when I was actually there—I suppose because I'm focusing on the details in order to write them, whereas when I was in the thick of it, I just tried to keep my head down. In any case, the awful realities of living with mental illness have hit me all over again.

So how has your writing revealed or shaped your beliefs? In what way has that manifested in your life?