We’ve all heard the dictum “write what you know.” And most if not all writers use incidents from their own lives in their books. Yet how well do we know ourselves on an emotional level? I read an awful lot of “self-help” books but rarely do the suggested exercises. All that introspection is hard work and brings up too many things I don’t want to examine or re-live.
In Rewrite Your Life, Jessica Lourey bravely exposes her own experiences and relates how she has freed herself by incorporating what she learned about herself. I am trying to deepen my own fiction writing, so I am actually working my way through her prompts.
Along the way, Lourey also gives good info on choosing a genre, concept, characters, plot, and setting.
I highly recommend this book to both authors and those who want to overcome the painful parts of their lives through journaling.