I garnered this acute principle from “There are no rules” http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2010/07/18/SecretEmotional
TriggersForYourWritingCapitolCityWritersRecap.aspx by Jane Friedman (http://janefriedman.com/about/) about a Writers conference:
David Corbett, speaker:
If you want to be a writer, … find mentors in other writers. Go back to the writers (books) who really speak to you, again and again… this is more important than being well-read. If a work spoke to you in a personal way, study it. Figure out how it was done.
Everything you hate about your life? Love it. Every miserable thing that happens in your life is great. You’re going to write about every crappy and terrible thing that happened to you—and thank god all that happened to you— because that enriches your material.
9/10 of courage is persistence. 9/10 of getting what you want is just not giving up. He said, “I don’t know the magic point where you realize you need to change something in your life, or keep trying the same thing.”
Don’t be afraid of mistakes (in life and in writing). You’re not going to get of this life without screwing up. Get over it. You’re going to write crap. Good. You need to do it and get better.
Whether you know it or not, there are certain themes that affect you deeply. Go back to movies/books/art you’ve experienced, and the scenes or moments where you cried, or were really scared, that really affected you. Make a list of those scenes, look for commonality. Write about that. That’s what affects you. It’s important.