God was the first storyteller; when we write, we exercise the divine spark embedded within us! I’m a practicing Muslim, so obviously, that means something to me. Mostly, I write to tell stories and once I had discovered that the handful of people who have read them enjoyed it, I decided not to stop! Creating worlds that others can immerse themselves in and leaving endings open to their imagination makes me happy.
Imagination is a powerful thing. It has given us the richness that made us create various mythologies, be they Roman, Greek, or Egyptian. I can still remember reading about the myth of Narcissus who died so young and that of Prometheus who suffers anew every day for what he did for mankind. You can see that these mythological characters are more than just stories to me. That’s how I want my readers to feel. When authors imagined space travel and spacecraft traveling at warp speed, they were doing more than just writing. They were opening new avenues for scientists where their writing acted as a catalyst to better inventions and amazing discoveries.
I also write to express myself. Through my writing, I say things that I won’t be able to say otherwise. Just this year, an incident that took place in my country left most of us all shocked and terrified. Speaking against it openly might have put me in the crossfire. That was why I decided to write a story about that incident. It was like a catharsis for me as if putting my thoughts on paper had purged all the bitterness and fear that was swirling inside of me.
I write so I can come up with characters that others can identify with. My stories also help lessen the pain that I feel when I read about the sad realities of child abuse and rape. These themes are often highlighted but in my stories, they take the form of monsters, nightmares, and demons. There are times when I’ll write a story and not think of the symbolism in it consciously. The depth and the real meaning only dawns on me when I go back and read what I wrote later. At its most superficial, one of my stories is about a teddy bear keeping a little girl safe from nightmares while she sleeps. I realized later that it wasn’t bad dreams that I wished the teddy bear would be fighting; it was abuse.
It is true that darkness is enmeshed with my words when I write. However, I don’t write to leave a reader feeling hopeless. In fact, it is quite the opposite because there is always humor mixed in with the dark. I love how I can tell others that there might be bad things waiting to happen but that’s not how their story ¬¬— and mine— ends. I want to make them laugh despite those things. Therefore, I also write to help them see that there will always be light to balance the dark.