Whenever anyone suffers a tragedy, the sheer anguish can be overwhelming. It often leads to clinical depression or worse, depending on both the depth of the loss and the strength of the individual facing this misfortune.
No one remains a stranger to this type of life experience. It strikes all of us eventually, on multiple levels, in different ways, at various times.
For writers, once the mourning has turned to reflection, grief can be a source of inspiration, too. It's the healthy alternative to more self-destructive impulses that often plague those afflicted.
Without exploiting the actual event, or over indulging your own perfectly natural reaction, the process of converting heartache into art can be therapeutic not only for the author, but for the reader.
You Are What You Read
Most book browsers online are searching for one of two things: escapism, or education. Both are ways of dealing with reality, whether it’s an effort to temporarily ignore it, or to learn more about it.
This can refer to an endless spectrum of situations, in both fiction and non-fiction. Consumers often seek solace in works that echo their own tribulations, especially if the author conveys a sense of strength and a will to survive by overcoming these obstacles to our well-being.