Personal experiences can help make you a better writer. It’s not a secret. What you write could be better if you personally dealt with it yourself than just reading and talking to others about it. But all of us have gone through something, whether it was negative or positive. Can you pinpoint - or slightly, anyway - to what kind of personal experience helped with your writing?
For me, it’s kind of a cliche. It’s been said (at least, so I’ve heard) that writers who endure a lot of pain and suffering are good at writing. I don’t know if I’m good, but I have gone through a lot of pain in my life; family problems, depression, poverty, bullying, losing friends, eating disorder, the whole nine yards. And I do think that over the years, writing - especially on those kinds of topics - have helped make my writing stronger.
I guess that’s why I tend to make depressing stories… xD
So, how about you? Do you think some of your personal experiences have made you a better writer?