How Much of Yourself Are You Willing to Share as a Writer?

Sharing your life experiences to engage your reader

Sandi Parsons
Two Minute Madness

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Sharing yourself is one of the top writing tips.

By inserting yourself into your writing, your stories become more compelling. In turn, compelling stories are more likely to engage your reader and keep them reading.

By nature, humans are both voyeuristic and empathetic. They want to see a glimpse of your life, and they want to feel something when they’re walking in your shoes.

But how much is too much? And where should you draw the line?

Inserting yourself into your writing isn’t about clickbait, although many writers do this successfully. But I’m guessing if oversharing is your thing, you wouldn’t be reading this.

You’re here to find out about that fine line — the one between giving your readers enough detail for a satisfying story while keeping your privacy.

The answers will always be individual — but establishing those guidelines early in your career will provide you with a moral map.

Never Ever
The first question to ask yourself is there a topic or trauma that I will never write about? Most of us have at least one — either a deep dark…

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Sandi Parsons
Two Minute Madness

Sandi Parsons lives & breathes stories as a reader, writer, and storyteller📚 Kidlit specialist, dipping her toes in the big kid’s pool.