Yes, I know we shouldn't do it!
Writing is an art form, and as an artist, you have a unique perspective and voice that sets you apart from others. In recent times, there have been a plethora of videos and blog posts about what you should and shouldn't do when it comes to writing, but that's not the reason I wanted to write this post.
(To be honest, I don't have the time to create videos, and I find the idea of putting one together daunting consider I have a job and a life outside of what is demanded of me by the social media gods.)
The problem with modern writers
That being said, I do have my own thoughts on the subject of writing, especially after what was a dismal year in terms of content creation in 2022. One thing that astounds me is how some people can land top-tier jobs in the Hollywood writing scene, considering the poor quality of work that has been produced in recent years. I mean seriously who the fuck is hiring these people and why haven't I been offered a job.
(Most probably I'd be fired after triggering the first frappucino hazelnut latte sipping dip shit who asked me to make mywriting more diverse). Anyway, I digress.
Draw onto your own life experience
One of the most common pieces of advice for writers is to not write themselves into their books. While I agree with this to a certain extent, I believe that it's also important to tap into your own experiences and emotions when writing. This makes your writing relatable and authentic, and it also makes it easier for you to tap into the human experience that is inherent in all of us.
For example, if you're writing about heartbreak, it's much easier to tap into that emotion if you've experienced it yourself. However, this doesn't mean that you can't write about things that you haven't experienced. As a writer, you can still write about battles or killing someone, even if you haven't experienced those things yourself. The key is to understand the emotions and thoughts associated with those experiences.
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In my own writing, I draw a lot on my personal experiences and feelings. For example, in "The Queen of Shards" and "The Darkness Within," I draw on my own experiences with guilt, existential crisis, and nihilism - then I extrapolate a story that builds on those emotions, thoughts and idea. By putting a part of myself into my writing, I am able to create a story that is more relatable and authentic.
This is where people fuck up
What people should NOT do, is use their stories as a platform for them to either live vicariously through story which is just a wish fulfillment of their own insecurities or inenpitutes in real life or worse yet to "educate" their audience. Caveat to all of this is, yes stories do teach, and have messages behind them. But, again, it's the nature of the delivery. It needs to be subtle, succinct and definitely not come across as a virtue signalling mantra of the author. People pick up on it, and it is incredibly jarring and breaks at story's immersion.
(We can see right through you Mindy, OK????)
Put yourself in your story, AUTHENTICALLY
In conclusion, while it's important to not let your own experiences completely dictate your writing, I believe that putting a part of yourself into your work can greatly enhance it. By tapping into your own experiences and emotions, you can create a story that is relatable and authentic, and that connects with your readers on a deeper level.
Peace out freaks!