One thing that should be completely clear when beginning anything at all is to write with complete freedom. I would never suggest censoring yourself in any way. You may find, at the end of the day, that the pages you’ve written are nothing but a scrambled mess. But it’s a necessary start, you can’t really call yourself a writer until you’ve edited your very first page.
Anything may inspire you… experiences you’ve had as a child, relationships gone wrong, heartache, loss, and turning points in your life that have been a crucial part of self-growth and have indirectly offered great wisdom.
Nothing is a mistake. Every single connection we have with another human being, be it fleeting or not, is a gift to us. Every experience we have had has been there for us to cherish. With this in mind, everything is a part of who we are and what we are about to type on those pages.
The important highlight in creating a story is using imagination. Combine it with personal experience, and you’ve got something going on.
Be passionate about what you write.
I was the teenager who constantly wrote in journals. I was the one who relied on writing for dealing with everything. Did my mom just yell at me? Did I get a bad grade on my math test? Did my boyfriend just propose to me? Everything is on record.
Every single emotion I have gone through in my life is forever embedded on the pages of some little no-name notebook in cheap ink and uneven handwriting.
As I read over it sometimes, I see what could turn into a great introduction, a cool dedication, an intense chapter, or even a great novel in the end.
Let the people who come and go in your life turn into characters that evolve, change, progress.
Let their true selves shine; let their dark sides take precedence. No one wants perfection. We love characters that are flawed, broken, torn and wittingly good at hiding it.
What’s most important, is to have every single event feel you’ve experienced feel at home. Don’t explain, don’t analyze, don’t tell. Show the reader simply by strengthening your setting, and using the least words possible.
As they say, less is more.
And never openly give out your secrets.
Your reader will not need you to.