Use Your Own Experiences In Your Writing

2 May

003Welcome back to Artistry With Words.  I’m happy to entertain you for a few minutes during your busy day.  If you are here then you must be a writer at heart and as such you are my peer and friend.

Check out the quote of the day.  It speaks to my writer’s heart.  When I was first starting out I hesitated writing about of my own experiences.  My first thought was that nobody would be interested in my life.

How wrong could one man be?  It wasn’t so much that my life was fascinating; it was the fact that we all have similar experiences that we can relate to.  I found my writer’s voice the day I decided to draw on those experiences and find lessons in them. I found so many people who understood perfectly what I had gone through, and a bond was formed between me and my readers.

Use your past life.  It is a part of you and as such needs to be a part of your writing.


The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.


George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)

I agree with George 100%.  We are each unique individuals but we share common traits with everyone else.  Do not ignore that aspect of your writing.  You have a treasure chest of information to draw upon.


If you have never visited Fivrr then now is the time. You can find it here.

Fivrr is an interesting site where you can sell things for five dollars.  What does that have to do with writing you ask? Well, I have sold quite a few writing gigs here.  I offer to proofread a paper for five bucks. I offer to write blogs for five bucks.  Give it a try if you want some supplemental income. You just might be surprised with the results.


July 11th deadline for this Horror Writing Contest.  First prize is $100.


Well, I already gave you one tip now didn’t I?  How about a bonus today?007

These five tips from author P.D. James:

5 Bits of Writing Advice

  1. Increase your word power. Words are the raw material of our craft. The greater your vocabulary the more effective your writing. We who write in English are fortunate to have the richest and most versatile language in the world. Respect it.
  2. Read widely and with discrimination. Bad writing is contagious.
  3. Don’t just plan to write—write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.
  4. Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell.
  5. Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other people. Nothing that happens to a writer—however happy, however tragic—is ever wasted.


Yellowstone 2009 019

A picture is worth a thousand words….so here is your picture of the day. Let’s call it Word Bonanza Thursday.  What do you see when you look at this picture?  By the way, this is a picture taken in Yellowstone National Park.


I’ll be back tomorrow with a new Writer of the Day, and other goodies that are free for the taking.  Remember to write and write often, and have a great Thursday wherever you are.


18 Responses to “Use Your Own Experiences In Your Writing”

  1. Janine Huldie May 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Couldn’t agree more about writing about what you know and past experiences. I truly try my best when I write to write about just that (what I know and have experienced). As always you really give such wonderful advice here and hope you are having a great day!! 🙂

    • Billybuc May 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

      Janine, you are the perfect example of this tip. Your blog draws on past experience and as such it is easy to relate to for all mothers. Well done!

  2. Thundermama May 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Hello Bill, another gem of a post today. You bring up a very valid point, one that I as a writer have been taking to heart. It’s no easy task to delve into yourself and share what you have experienced and who you are, but that really is the point of true writing isn’t it? All this writing for SEO or keywords or any of that other garbage can be very soulless. So with your encouragement I will try to look inward today and write about something I know and feel…not just about tattoos. Really enjoying your blog.

    • Billybuc May 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

      Thank you my friend. I think it is so important to relate to our readers. Even writing about tatoos can be a personal experience and one that millions will understand if you give it a personal touch. Happy writing my friend and thank you.

  3. Christy Birmingham May 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    #4 on the list of writing advice rocks! Bill, I’m happy to find your blog here and am going to follow 🙂

    • Billybuc May 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

      Thank you Christy. It’s good to have you join our little party. 🙂

  4. BNadyn May 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Great advice and #3 for me is something I need to keep up with. Sometimes, I think I spend more time planning to write instead of actually doing it.

    • Billybuc May 2, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

      #3 is a great reminder for all of us. I can worry an article to death. I need to trust my instincts and my writing and allow it to just flow. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my friend.

  5. Melanie Chisnall May 3, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    I love this: “Write what you need to write….” That’s so true. And a hard lesson too. When I wrote about things that I thought people wanted to read, I didn’t feel my writing. It was a chore and I lost interest in it. Now that I’m writing what I feel and what I need to write…what needs to be written, it feels great! Thanks Bill, have a fabulous weekend!

    • Billybuc May 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

      Mel, I wouldn’t be writing if I only wrote what others wanted to read….it would be back to teaching for me. I’m glad you made the decision to feed your soul. Thank you and have a great weekend.

  6. Dianna Mendez May 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    I am impressed with this blog site. Very useful material and full of interesting trivia.

    • Billybuc May 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      Thank you Dianna. I’m just trying to make it easier for writers to find some sources and tips. I appreciate you stopping by.

  7. shellywyatt70 May 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Reblogged this on What I love about Life.

    • Billybuc May 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

      Thank you for re-blogging, Shelly!

      • shellywyatt70 May 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

        I find your work inspiring.
        so, Thank You!

      • Billybuc May 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

        Shelly, that means a great deal to me. Thank you again and have a great weekend.

  8. pictimilitude May 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    I might have to check fiverr – it looks fun. But I especially love your words and wisdom. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

    • Billybuc May 5, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

      Thank you Cyndi, and I love your attitude. 🙂

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