“A writer – and, I believe, generally all persons – must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.”
— Jorge Luis Borges, Twenty-Four Conversations with Borges: Interviews by Roberto Alifano 1981-1983
I totally agree! Don’t you? I believe every morsel we have eaten in life along with every bite taken out of us is only treasure needing to be spilled and poured out and regurgitated into the most wonderful novels we will ever read and share with the world. Our most horrific tragedies and triumphant victories should become our musings melted and melded into the written word to become the most wonderful, beautiful stories ever told. Like an actor uses life experience as motivation and inspiration in order to act out a scene, we writers use the same to further motivate us in telling the experiences of our characters in a relatable truth, whether it’s our truth or someone else’s, even if it’s been twisted and molded into only the truth of the character.