It’s probably the easiest way to add realism to a fictional world. And furthermore, I’m the one person I know best in the world, so to speak.
But it wasn’t always like that.In my younger years I use to dread writing about personal experiences, to such an extent that I didn’t write in the first person — people always try to establish a link between the narrator and the author.
But I figured out one thing (maybe I’m wrong): that whenever we read a story written by someone we know, it feels as if we don’t really know that person. Because there are parts we didn’t know about, parts kept hidden from us, maybe from everyone else.
So now I write about past experiences, frights, obsessions, and all that with the belief that I’m actually finding my voice — the one thing that makes writers unique. From a thematic point of view, there’s nothing new to write about. After all, there are what, five, six main themes in art? But still, people write. Because that personal touch is what makes each story unique.
I honestly believe that if we stick true to the things we hate or love or fear, to those experiences that had a lasting power of obsession over us, we can create wonderful art. Only by accepting who we are can we be able to change it in our stories. It’s like doing a bit of introspection; every time you sit at the desk and start typing, you’re also trying to find something that can’t be found; you’re searching for answers. Who am I? This is the most difficult of questions, and in our stories we’re closest to finding the answer.
That’s why I believe that it’s important for a writer to understand that writing has to be a free process — your mind has to be set free from all the restrains of modern day society. After all, art is either good or bad. No other way of categorizing it bears any relevance to the artist.