“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” – Anais Nin
So very true. Even if we’re not writing about our own experiences, per se, we’re still (hopefully) writing with emotions. To make our created worlds seem real, we must replicate the emotional experiences of real life.
That’s one of the reasons why writing is sometimes very hard. It’s hard to make our characters go through negative emotional experiences, both because we love them (unless they’re antagonists) and because we, by writing, are rehashing our own experiences.
Writing can often give us the perspective we need on things that have happened in our own lives. Because “hindsight is 20/20” we can come to conclusions about things from our pasts that shed new light on the situation. Writing can help us sort out those emotions and thoughts, even when we are writing from the viewpoint of a character.
Don’t be afraid to visit life twice, even three times. You may gain some valuable insight. 🙂