My English teacher made a sort of faux-outraged expression and the entire class started laughing. Apparently, I'd just inadvertently sassed him, or at least that was what it sounded like. Awkward much?
For anyone who doesn't know what catharsis means, it's "the process of releasing, and thereby providing release from, strong or repressed emotions." He'd mentioned the term in one of our previous classes. Reading can do that, though.
A big goal of mine in writing is to actually write for a purpose. Teach lessons. Hopefully, at some point, my books will somehow touch someone. That would be nice. The most obvious example is my novel Not Just a K-Girl. Anyone who watches the trailer, looks at any tags or reads the description will know this: It's a coming of age novel about a sheltered teenage girl who ends up in a whirlwind relationship with a guy who may not be entirely trustworthy. This novel was inspired by a personal situation I went through last year. Certain details have been very much changed (for example: name, setting, genre, ages) and personality traits have definitely been enhanced. It's been described as "pretty much a playbook on how one should not go about dating/falling in love". Maybe some day, someone will read my novel while a super-charming guy is trying to reel her in. Or maybe they'll just learn that if a guy cheated on your best friend and now wants to date you, that is not a good idea at all. This is a lesson that many people could learn from. Unfortunately, it seems that most of the time, those sorts of lessons have to be learned the hard way. (Just a general observation in life...For example, my friend who dated a guy. He cheated on her, and then cheated on the girl he cheated with. Yeah, guys like him don't change. Not anytime soon, at least.)
My personality type is ENFJ, and they're generally described as the "benevolent pedagogues of humanity". I'm not sure quite how accurate that is, considering how I'm only a high schooler and don't really think I can be a "pedagogue" yet. But who knows? Maybe my writing is my own little way of being one.