I’ve learned a lot from books. Not only facts, but also feelings. I’ve read about things so wonderful or awful that, even though they’ve never happened to me personally, I’ve felt them deeply. Books regularly make me laugh or cry. As a writer I always research experiences, feelings, or states of mind that I’ve never had, but I’ve always found that digging within for those joys, sorrows, fears, or pains that I know all about because I’ve been there, are much easier to translate to fiction. I think that these things that come from the truths of your own mind and soul become those paragraphs or sentences that resonate with readers. They will feel the pain even if they’ve never lived it.
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