“In order to write about life first you must live it.” ― Ernest Hemingway
Is it not life that makes the writer who they are? I believe that both our lives and the very core of our being influence who we are as writers. I often ask myself, if my life had been different, would I still write the way I do?
I have noticed a trend in the social media world that each aspect of our lives seems to be kept separate, independent pages for the food we eat, the books we read, trips we take, to name but a few. I have one page showcasing all that is me, my gorgeous kiddies, my much loved books, my journey as an aspiring to be publish writer, my work life, my culture, cloud porn… As all of these things are an integral part of who I am.
An author’s experiences are echoed in their work. What they feel, see, hear and think about–all part of their world–show up in the characters they dream to life, the genres they choose, their style of writing and the very creation of the story itself. No one lives in a vacuum; the experiences we live through are a necessity in order for us to create.
The people in our lives are probably the greatest influence of all. Although I come from a family of readers, I attribute my love of reading and ultimately my path as a writer to my Grandmother. In her retired years she worked in a book exchange and I would spend most afternoons with her, looking through the piles of dusty books, selecting those which caught my attention. Often she would bring books home for me, our taste in books being almost identical. Books are what cemented the bond between us.
So as much as we all would love to disappear into our own personal ‘Writer Zones’ we must not forget to live life and embrace all that it has to offer, soaking up all the nuances of the people around us, mentally storing all that makes people the characters that they are. And then? Then we can retreat into our own little worlds and create the lives we dream of, the blank books that we were born as now filled with the stories of our lives.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt