The Importance of Experience in Literature
When you hear of the word “experience,” different ideas come to your mind. Unwelcomed and welcomed memories will also enter, making you reminisce about some fragments of your life. But have the thought of making those experiences into something eternal ever crossed your mind? It can be your personal struggles, childhood, achievements, first love, and dreams; but, it could also be the hardships, happiness, victory, and great love of others that were shared to you. All you need to do is to collect the memories and retell them through literature.
Diary of Anne Frank, One Caregiver’s Journey, Angels and Mysteries, The Glass Castle, and Becoming are some of the best nonfiction works that centers one a person’s experiences. The Shining, Murder on the Orient Express, The Fault in Our Stars, All the Bright Places, and Little Women are among the notable fictional stories that are based on real events, but not necessarily experienced by the authors. With that being said, below tells how important the role of experience is in literature.
It creates the foundation of a work
There’s no story without a framework. This also applies to significant things that are present in this world, such as buildings, human bodies, and more. The real life experiences of an author or a particular person can be a good foundation of a story. Since the event already took place in the past, there is already a plot to be examined and enhanced. All you need to do is decide whether you want to mix it with fiction or keep it real. Guaranteed, you’re the story that your book contain will be stronger and more effective because of the elements of reality that are mixed in it.
It makes the story more heartfelt
What makes a tale great is its way of affecting its readers. When you write a story based on a particular experience, it doubles its impact to people. The description of the time and place when and where the story took place is almost within arm’s reach. How the characters struggle and strive also add up to the affectivity of the book. The more you tell the story and the more the readers get drawn to it, you are evoking some good emotions from the readers. As your story progresses, the readers’ feelings toward your work also enhance; hence, making it more effective and heartfelt.
It connects deeper to people
Connection between the book and the reader is always important. Without the bond between the two, the story couldn’t live forever. Readers want a story that is interesting and heartwarming. So when it comes to tales that are based on real life, people would change their perceptions towards to already prolific story. Their expectations and standards on the book would get higher. Because of the expected more intimate connection and more touching output, the need to craft a more flawless tale emerges. Even though the experience embedded in it have happened to others, you need to focus on your writing style and the twists and turns that you want to apply to the book in order to connect well with the readers.
It raises thought-provoking themes
Themes create changes. A book with a moving theme is what literature is all about — making impact and change to better the world. With a tale that is born from the pain, struggles, bravery, and love of the writer or of others, it is impossible that its central message doesn’t affect its readers. The world is already in chaos long before the pandemic happened, and there were people who are unaware and blind of the mess that are taking place. But literature didn’t stop to tell readers that it is not okay to be laid-back and be blinded. With the stories that are being produced from all parts of the world and the true experiences embedded in them, readers will begin to be aware of their surroundings. The themes in every book will raise questions to the minds of people. Thus, they will soon start to realize how the world needs change and improvement, how people are struggling and challenged, and how much pain and wounds the chaos can bring.