Philosophy

How can life experience help writing?

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Let’s face it, writing is a daunting job, no guarantee for success for all the hard work you put in, and, like most endeavors it takes a lot of luck to make it big.

But it doesn’t always have to be an uphill struggle. Each writer has within themselves the potential to take their writing to a whole new level. How? Read on.

Life experience. That’s right. Life. Experience.

While having friends in the publishing industry helps, if your book is riddled with forgettable characters and paper-thin plots, it won’t go far and will languish on the clearance tables at your local bookstore.

So this is what you do: Take a page out of your own life story. Experience. And incorporate that into your writing. Maybe it’s memories of the high school bully, or the first date with that special someone that comes to mind. Find a place to put that piece of yourself into your story and watch its authenticity soar.

Most of the best writers out there do this, and the more you do it the easier it becomes.

So the next time you’re hung up on writing that next scene, think about something from your past and ease it into your story.

You’ll be doing both yourself and your reader a great service.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and novellas. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing, or just plain nonsense. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will be grateful and dance on his hands if you do.

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