You know that feeling when you sing one of your favorite songs out loud?
Perhaps, you are in the shower… driving with the windows down… doing the dishes… or, on stage?
What you are likely feeling is catharsis, simpatico, and nourishment. You feel these feelings because during the time in which you sing the song, you temporarily imagine that these words you recite are, in fact, your words. Escaping into the story of the words with melody gives you refuge because you are expressing exactly what you desire and need to be expressing at that very moment.
Naturally, then, the best part of writing your own song is that you cut out the middle man. When you turn to sing this song for catharsis, simpatico, and nourishment, there is no imagining necessary. These are YOUR words, and they feel damn good to sing because your feelings have been turned into a permanent, externalized landscape available for you to inhabit forever and whenever you are moved to do so.