Think about this for a moment. When we write or talk about things do we use our past experiences during those times or do we just guess and hope what we say makes sense to others. Personally, I think our best writing comes from the things we have personally experienced. I’m not saying that those who haven’t experience something they’ve written about is good. What I do mean is when we write from things that have happened in our past, we’re able to put part of ourselves into what we write. There are so many books out there by so many different authors, yet most of them have never been through the exact thing they’ve written about. However, they have been through things in their lives which helps them to be able to write a great story.
For example, how could someone write about loss and how it feels if they have never been through any kind of loss. There are different types of loss. Losing a job. Losing a pet. Losing a friend or even just the friendship itself. Losing a parent. Losing a spouse. And the hardest of all: losing a child. For me I’m able to tap into emotions most have never and never will when my daughter died. I not only know but understand that raw emotion that touched me to my very core. My words resonate with others. I’m still so humbled when I read a comment someone has left about how my daughter’s story has touched there lives. It is a reminder of why I do this.
In the end I write what I know and understand and it all starts in my own front yard.