You create your own world with your own characters. It's a place more than a craft where you can escape the world and its demands and pressures for an hour or two or three. It's a playground to me where you sit in a sandbox of words that are just waiting for you to manipulate and place in such a way that might touch the heart of someone else faraway that I may never meet. I love that connection. Writing transcends time, place, age...it takes us all on a journey together where we can experience some cathartic release and remember that while we have differences, there are so many more things that make us alike and draw us together in a similar struggle, pursuit, and triumph.