How To Use Your Experiences To Write A Better Book

By on January 7, 2021

Writing from your own experiences isn't just about taking the things that have happened to you in your life and trying to recreate them on the page or manipulating your fictional stories so that you can write about an inspiring real-life event. Using your experiences can help create more authentic characters, more believable storylines and help your reader relate to the story as it unfolds.

Your life doesn't need to have been a whirlwind of excitement, a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, or a tragic sob story. We all have things that will have happened to us and different experiences that we can use in our writing to make it better.

We have all experienced times of joy, sadness, frustration, or anger. We have all had days where everything has worked out, where we've cried with laughter or been able to appreciate the little things. We've all had times where things haven't gone our way, and it seems like one bad thing after another happens to us.

What every writer should try to do is to pay attention to these experiences, both good and bad. The more in touch you are with yourself and how you feel, the more accurately you will describe these experiences and find the right words to capture the thoughts and feelings you have.

The more you practice explaining, in words, your feelings, your emotions, and the physical reactions you have at things, the better versed you will be when it comes to relaying these kinds of emotions to your reader. Writers should pay attention to how they feel and spend time trying to capture the essence of this on the page.

Writing about our feelings isn't something that always comes naturally to us. That's why keeping a daily journal can be so helpful. Spend five minutes each morning describing how you are feeling. Ask yourself whether you are excited for the day ahead? What goals you have, and how might you feel if you achieve them or fail to achieve them? What are you most looking forward to and dreading? The key here is to focus on your feelings and write in emotive or metaphorical language. You should also spend some time writing whenever a significant event occurs in your life or when you feel an emotion particularly strongly. You can think about describing the feeling but also capturing it better by asking questions such as, 'if this feeling were a color, what color would it be?' or 'if this feeling were an animal, what would it be?' By asking questions such as this, you build up a rich bank of language and description around certain feelings. So instead of falling into tired old cliches, you instead find surprising and arresting words that will capture your reader's attention and create vivid images in their mind's eye.

Using experiences from your own life to influence your writing will help to bring authenticity to your work. Make sure that when you are taking the time to practice writing, you dedicate some of it to describing your feelings and emotions so that when you come to tell these in your story, you do so with precision and flair!

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