Writers: Is Life Throwing Good Material at You?

Writers: Is Life Throwing Good Material at You? discusses how our novels can benefit from experiences in our lives even if it takes a bit longer to write them.

I’ve wanted to write for as long as I can remember. Hmm… I might want to rephrase that as my memory is getting pretty bad these days and some days it’s tough to remember what I had for breakfast!

So, let’s put it this way: I wrote my first “long” story in sixth grade. It was about 10 pages long scribbled in an exercise book and the teacher was so excited by my efforts that she made me read it to the rest of the class. That was the start of my writing ambitions.

But, life happens, doesn’t it? Other priorities ranked higher in my never ending to-do list: marriage, work, kids, even laundry and housework seemed to come first. Over the years, there’ve been brief spurts of writing, but I haven’t accomplished the great things I dreamt of accomplishing back in sixth grade.

But, you know what? That’s okay because my novel has been brewing in the back of my mind all this time and I think it will ultimately be better because of it.

Life throws us curves for sure, but if you’re a writer and you’re paying attention, you might just notice that life throws you a few great examples and ideas along the way, too.

In my case:

  • I’ve had a few unexplained and potentially supernatural experiences and I can use those and write about them with conviction because I experienced them firsthand.
  • I’ve done a lot of genealogy research over the years so I can write about family histories (and will) in my novel and know what I’m talking about.
  • There’s a policeman in my family now whose brain I can pick about proper police procedures so that I don’t look like a total dope when I write about such things – hopefully!
  • I’ve got some amazing clients who are experts in self-publishing, writing, and using social media to develop your author platform and I’m continually learning from them.
  • I’ve read about many many very odd but true murder mysteries with lots of twists and turns that have fired up my imagination.

Sometimes I think that I wasn’t meant to finish my book until now because there were so many pieces that needed to come together in my mind first.

I’d be a liar if I didn’t admit that I do get frustrated sometimes because things haven’t happened yet as I’d envisioned they would so many years ago, but I do believe things happen for a reason and when I remind myself of that and think back to how much of what I’ve experienced and learned since sixth grade, I know that I’m still on the right track.

Has life thrown any good material at you for your books?

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