Writing Tip #4
"Write what you know from personal experience.”
— Michael Weaver —
Whether you are writing a fictional story, or a non-fiction textbook, your writing will be smoother and take on a more natural flow if you write about what you know — from direct personal experience. This tip comes from a general rule found within most branches of mysticism where one is only able to teach what they know from their own personal experience.
I have found this rule to be a valuable way to anchor my writing in authenticity, while also helping ensure that I write something new, from a fresh perspective — in other words, not just a copy or rehash of something that I "liked".
By taking the time to delve into your own personal experiences you have another opportunity to get to know yourself, as well as what you value and feel is important. Rather than looking outward (for approval), you are training yourself to look inward for direction and inspiration.
So many people make the mistake of choosing a topic that they think will be "popular" or "en vogue", only to realize that the sands have shifted by the time they actually finish their work. However, if you write from your own experience you are actually sharing a piece of yourself (and your perspectives) with your audience.
Even if you are writing "fiction" your own life experiences can be a rich source of inspiration — for characters, scenarios, settings, and the like. By taking time to mine your experiences for ideas you can simultaneously deepen your relationship with yourself while breathing life into your work.