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As both a writer and a reader, I can wholeheartedly appreciate this quote. With writers and orators like James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Frederick Douglass, and a whole slew of others, it’s easy to see how much of a writer’s life and struggles are poured into their work.
Though it’s more apparent when looking at writers who’ve experienced extreme hardships, of course this is not the only kind of writing that applies with this quote. I’m someone who believes that you can’t create something truly amazing unless you let some of yourself bleed onto the page. I’m not saying you have to write your life story, but there has to be some sort of connection between your self and your work.
Personally, this has happened without me even realizing it until the third or fourth read-through. I tend to bring parts of my life or my self into my stories in a way that is often subtle but still important. It may show in the way a certain character talks or argues or expresses joy. Sometimes it’s the connections characters have with each other, or the way a scene plays out in a certain way.
Whatever the case, I’ll often find myself going, “oh… oh, that’s part of me,” even when I didn’t realize it during the writing process. And to me, those are my best stories.
Alex @ Finding Montauk
Alli @ Alli Cat’s Meow
Krysta @ Pages Unbound