Alright, I may have spoke on this subject before but it bears repeating. If I haven’t, well, here we go.
The essence of writing is not only to entertain, but to learn something about yourself and human existence.
When I say learn something about yourself and human existence, I don’t mean go read Nietzsche and Aristole and Socrates and then create characters based off them and wax philosophical for half a story.
What I mean is, you need to learn something about yourself that you never knew before, and this can only come if you write consistently and you apply lessons you learn in your daily life to your stories.
Understand that though you are not your characters, your characters are pieces of you that you don’t get to let out in life. They are a manifestations of the different sides for you that most people don’t see. They are pieces of your light and pieces of your darkness, but they never make the whole.
Your characters are a reflection of you, to an extent.
Learning about yourself through writing can help you in so many different ways; now, I’m not here to tell you to go buddha or anything. I’m simply suggesting that the best way to become a better writer is to become a better version of yourself, to understand everything you ever learn in your life connects to your writing in one form or another, that the world (your world) is on your side and wants you to succeed, but you have to use a bit of willpower, discipline, and genuine desire for greatness to put it all together.
The movies you watch, the music you listen to, the instruments you play, the videos you watch, the books you read, the shows you watch, all of these make up who you are and influence your perception of reality which directly affects your writing. Better your perception, and your writing follows.
Know yourself inside and out, know your light and know your shadow, unify them and your writing will flourish.
Alright, that’s my spiel. Til next week. . .