How to use life as writing inspiration

How to use life as writing inspiration

I think writing about your life is courageous, actually.

Inspirational? Sure, but also incredibly brave. When we write about our lives, we face the truth on paper and our screens. When we share it with the world, we’re putting our experiences out for judgement or approval, neither of which we expected.

And life writing can come in many forms, right? Blog posts, social media captions, a memoir, a downloadable information pack for your mailing list or even our About Me page on your website. People have a real interest in learning all about the lives of other people, no matter who you are or what you do. It’s fascinating.

But while you can write for other people, it’s even more important to write about your life for yourself. It can be a validating and empowering experience. It can be the very thing you do that helps you find your voice and speak your truth, and that’s precisely what it did for me

My current journal on the left and my ideas book on the right. I like to keep them seperate!

Sometimes we just need a little encouragement, right? A gentle nudge in the direction of something scary and intriguing in equal amounts.

My life feels like a series of events so when writing about it, I feel a little overwhelmed with where to start and how much detail to include. It makes sense to start at the beginning but I also encourage you to start at a place that feels comfortable for you. Don’t just dive into the deep end, just stick your toe in and see how it feels for you.

It doesn’t have to be a book or an Instagram caption or Facebook status, sometimes all we need is half an hour with our journal and an open mind.

Write about:

1. Your relationship with your mother.

2. Why you’re letting the past go, or why you need to.

3. Where you see yourself in 5 years and how that makes you feel.

4. The person you were versus the person you are now.

5. The person you don’t speak to anymore but still think about.

These prompts have been taken directly from my book What’s Your Story? which was written to prompt self-expression through creative writing.

While writing to a prompt has it’s benefits, there’s a few methods you can use to steer your writing.

Consider:

  • Asking yourself an open-ended question
  • Thinking about how you were feeling at the time
  • Conversations you’ve had with others that can contribute to the topic

Spend a minimum of ten minutes on each of these, and stop only when you feel like you’ve finished. You’ll be surprised at what you remember and what you produce in your writing.

Writing about aspects of our life can feel challenging because it can evoke memories and feelings that we’d forgotten or didn’t know about.  It can feel too intense to delve into our past, and this is why many people start but don’t finish.

What you can expect when writing about your life:

  • Resistance
  • Procrastination
  • Unaddressed feelings to rise to the surface

Using writing prompts and writing exercises can help break the emotional barrier between you and your writing. Focusing on one aspect at a time encourages you to share more than if you were to assign yourself the mammoth task of writing about your whole life.

I’d like you to

  • give the prompts above a go and experience the magic beneath your fingertips as you write.
  • dominate procrastination with determination to finish writing to at least one prompt.
  • fight the feeling of resistance and write until you have nothing else to say.

Put your real-life experiences into written words. Read your story out loud. Speak your truth. Give yourself the credit you deserve for overcoming everything in your life. Love yourself for still having hope.

Remember, your truth is for you.

Are you ready to accept it?

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