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<strong>Life Lessons We’ve Learned from Writing Fiction</strong>

Life Lessons We’ve Learned from Writing Fiction

Sometimes You Just Have to Move Forward

Sometimes you just have to move forward without knowing how it’s going to turn out. Being Pantsers, we often discover what happens next as we write. Even if you do some outlining, most, if not all, writers have had moments where we’ve just had to put pen to paper to figure out the path forward. 

We can do the same in life. When we don’t have all the answers, we can take action and figure it out as we go. There’s no need to let the unknown paralyze us.

Things Don’t Always Go as Planned

Even if we think we have it figured out, things don’t always go as planned. But sometimes they turn out even better. There are many times where we’ve thought we knew how a story would progress, but while writing, we realized the story had a mind of its own. We came up with the breakthrough moment of an incredible twist or ending that just felt right. Sometimes life can take us on a journey we didn’t expect, but ultimately lead us somewhere incredible. 

You are Capable of More Than You Think You are

Have you ever reread a piece of your writing and been amazed that you wrote it? Often we don’t realize what we are capable of, until we are presented with evidence. Finishing stories has helped us to realize that we are capable of great writing…and so are you! Sharing our stories has also helped build our confidence. There were many times where we were surprised by the praise our writing received. Objective opinions can mean a lot when you are facing the self-doubt that seems to plague all writers.

This can be true in all areas of life. We often under-estimate ourselves and our abilities, so keep that in mind the next time you doubt yourself. Look back at the successes you’ve had in the past and the compliments you have received from others. Allow yourself to believe that you are capable of so much. 

It’s Okay Not to be Perfect

One thing we’ve learned through fiction writing is that readers can love and relate to imperfect characters. Often, our favorite characters in stories we read and write are the messy, weird, and vulnerable characters. They have flaws that we can relate to. 

People can love us just the way we are too. Being authentic and vulnerable can lead to true connections with others. Don’t be afraid to share who you are with the world, and remember, no one is perfect. 

Writing Can Be an Outlet

Another thing we have come to learn through our writing is it can be an outlet. Sometimes our real life struggles can inspire our stories, and our characters. It can also be a way to get out into the world how you’re feeling, or your values! Writing is an excellent way to put your thoughts and feelings into words, which can then motivate you to speak your thoughts and feelings in the real world as well. It’s healthy to express your true emotions, and anyone who doesn’t accept who you are has no place in your life.

Thank you so much for reading! What have you learned from your writing? Let us know in the comments below.


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