Experience is important when we write?

This week Dr. Tanya has asked our opinion about Hemingway’s quote;


“In order to write about life first you must live it.”

Ernest Hemingway


I think that this quote is true in context of emotions because if we haven’t experienced the ups and downs of life, it’ll be difficult for us to capture those emotions.

Whereas the human mind has been gifted with a very fertile imagination that helps people to create stories that they themselves have never lived. Many genres of story telling would never be possible if we only wrote what we have experienced.

In blogging, when I write about something I’ve personally experienced, It generates more interest in my readers. Perhaps, because there is an element of relatability which pulls their attention. The recent A to Z challenge I did was an example of this.

In summing it up, I think one needs to have experienced the highs and lows of emotions in life to write convincingly about them but as far as the story is concerned, people have ample imagination to write of things they have never experienced or have ever happened.

In blogging, however, personal experiences always create more connectivity as others may also have experienced those situations in life.

Written for Blogging Insights NF – 38, hosted by Tanya



42 thoughts on “Experience is important when we write?

  1. Amazing! I was thinking about this topic, albeit indirectly just yesterday!
    I was amazed at my favorite mystery writer of all times, Agatha Christie who wrote such compelling mysteries stories so vividly. Yet, to my knowledge of her occupations, she was never a private detective or a police officer. In fact her career as a nurse if far from criminology…in my mind😊
    I agree with you that human imagination is astounding in what it can conjur up in story and in poetry.

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  2. Agree with your summary completely. We connect with our readers when we share our experiences. But, we can’t experience everything so imagination is needed a lot. Maybe that is where they say reading a lot of different genre books aids our ability to write?

    Lovely post as always.

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  3. I agree with you, Sadje. Perhaps Hemingway should have said, “In order to write about your life first you must live it.”? But I also think that if a person is a great writer AND a great observer, they will potentially convey other’s experiences as well.

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