Personal Narrative in Storytelling

Personal Narrative In Storytelling by R.S. Mollison-Read

It is quite true that writers use their imagination to create worlds, and characters, and events that never existed. But I think it is also true that many writers put their own personal narrative into their work. How could we not, since our personal narratives, the experiences we’ve had shape our perception of the world, and the people around us. Whether consciously or not, writers include themselves in their writing, and this personality, is what makes good writing truly resonate with readers.

I have found this to be true in my own writing. Sometimes I consciously make the decision to include aspects of my own personality in my work, or base characters off of people I know. Beyond those conscious decisions though, is something else. What is deeply ingrained in my storytelling, and plainly evident to anyone looking for it, are my own values and ideals. I think most writers do this, consciously or not; create worlds in which they want to live. We write the story we most want to read.

And thus Elden Forest, though a product of my imagination, is also a product of my deepest hopes, and my most resolved principles. I wrote moss covered stones, and gently trickling streams, and sunlit copses filled with fragrant flowers, because it is exactly the sort of place I would love to come across. I wrote Spells and Enchantments that are wonderfully whimsical, and slightly quirky, because that is what I think magic should be – a tool of delight.

Elden Forest is written from me, and all that I am, but it is even more than that. It is the sum total of all the things I would like to be, the world I wish existed, full of people I would love to meet.

My writing is full, not only of myself and my story, but of all the ‘me’s’ I wish I could be.


Do you include your personal narrative in your own writing? Can you find it in the writing of authors you love? Tell me in the comments below!

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  1. […] to explore, and characters I want to meet, (or be!) I’ve discussed this in greater detail in this post, but my larger point here, is that when I write what I think readers want, something about my […]

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