Your life is fascinating.
No no, you say. My life is boring, dull, I haven’t gone anywhere, done anything. Not really…
One time when I was in Scotland and I was looking around, wide eyed with wonder. I was raving about the wild hills, the ancient castles, the way the dark stone gleamed and the green moss sparkled like magic. A local looked at me with a bored sort of expression and shrugged. “It’s no big deal,” he said. I was shocked. How could he possibly think all that untamed beauty was no big deal? He was acclimatized.
You are the Scottish local, acclimatized to your life. We all do it. When I was a bit younger I had some crazy times and now when I look back it all feels a bit…mundane. But it’s my job as a writer to make sure I remember it isn’t. It’s your job too.
Remember that, just because you have lived your life and are used to it, doesn’t mean other people have. Humans are a nosey lot, they want to peer into other lives, other moments that aren’t their own, find the juicy bits and chew on them. Your juicy bits are in there, I promise.
I’m currently writing a book tentatively called ‘A Girl Out There’, it’s a story of a girl hitch hiking through America. I was a hitch hiker once, around Europe. So I’m having the time of my life writing this book and finding juicy tidbits from my time on the road, embellishing them, changing them up and incorporating them. It allows me to go back in time and gather up all the things that made me who I am. A ride down memory lane.
So maybe you didn’t hitch hike around Europe (probably for the best), but I’m positive you have done other fantastic and amazing things. It doesn’t matter how grand, or small they might be, your experiences make you who you are and that is a story well worth telling.
When we write we allow ourselves to share our voice and this is what people want to read. People want to feel like they have a connection to us, because they’re acclimatized to themselves and want to hitch a ride with someone else for a change.
Tell me how you write what you know.