Experiencing life allows us to become better writers


Life is like a textbook, every day is a new page, every page is full of experiences and every experience is a chance to learn something new.
Good or bad, there is something to be gained from everything that we experience in life.
Our human nature, of course, dictates that we manoeuvre around or away from most anything that might lead us to bad experiences. i.e the ones that make us sad, angry, or fill us with any of the wide spectrum of negative emotions known to man.

The truth is however that they are, for the most part, unavoidable. By trying to shelter and/or protect ourselves, we are inadvertently depriving ourselves of much else that life has to offer. We need to embrace life, seizing every opportunity that we get to learn, do, or see something new and take the good with the bad. ( sometimes you just need to take the bad with a pinch of salt, a wedge of lime and a shot of tequila )

Life experience should be the strongest weapon in any writer’s arsenal. How can we write about that which we have not experienced for ourselves and convey it justly to our audience?
Whether writing fact, fiction, sci-fi or indeed anything in between, our experiences in life give us the knowledge and inspiration to feed our sometimes rampant imaginations to convey the images, characters, scenery, emotions, scenes and plots, that we create, to our readers.

Take a scenario of two men fighting. If one has not been in a fight themselves, though one may be able to describe the actions and reactions of the combatants as most of us have seen a fight or two, one would not be able to correctly describe the emotions or thoughts experienced by those men fighting,
Sure imagination plays a part, though it is exactly that…a part. A piece of a larger puzzle. Individual experience is the final piece that brings all the rest together, like a missing link in a chain of information that will complete any piece of writing to make it whole, readable, believable, relatable and hopefully…enjoyable.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that one should go out looking for fights or anything drastic such as that in the name of personal experience. I am, however, encouraging you to keep an open mind and be open to new opportunities and experiences. Live life to its fullest and reap the rewards that is has to offer.

I have not experienced life as I would have liked to. I am guilty of sheltering myself from the bad experiences, so much so that I have missed out on more good ones than I care to think about. No more hiding. Life is there and I want to go out and grab as much of it as I can.


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