I’m a writer. I write about things that I’ve never experienced.

There’s a lot of stuff out there that people have lived through. I want to write about stuff that I haven’t lived through, stuff that no one else has written about before. Stuff that makes me think, makes me feel, and makes me want to share it with the world. That stuff is what I live for, and that stuff is the reason I write. I love writing, and I love sharing my thoughts and feelings with the people who read what I write, so it makes perfect sense that I would write about the things that make me feel and think and want to tell the world about them. But, I have to admit, writing about things I have never lived through is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I mean, how do you write about something that you have never experienced? How do you even begin to describe it? How can you make it sound real?

So, here are my 5 steps to writing about stuff I have not lived through:

1. Write about what you’re passionate about

Write about the stuff that makes you feel. Write what makes you think. Write the stuff you want to talk about. Write whatever it is that gets you up in the morning and keeps you going throughout the day. Write your thoughts, your feelings, your ideas, your dreams, your hopes, your fears, and everything else that makes up who you are and what you think and feel and want. Write it all down. Write every single thing that you can think of. Write as much as you can. Write until you run out of things to write, and then write some more. Write for as long as it takes to get all of your thoughts and ideas and feelings and thoughts down on paper. Write and write and write until you get it all out of your head and onto the page. Then, when you are done, read it all over and over again. Read it out loud. Talk about it with your friends and your family and your boyfriend and your girlfriend and your mom and your dad and your grandma and your grandpa and your aunt and your uncle and your cousin and your best friend and your dog and your cat and your parakeet and your hamster and your turtle and your fish and your goldfish and your gerbil and your guinea pig and your mouse and your rat and your chinchilla and your tarantula and your scorpion and your spider and your cockroach and your centipede and your gecko and your lizard and your alligator and your crocodile and your shark and your dolphin and your whale and your porpoise and your elephant and your giraffe and your hippopotamus and your rhinoceros and your zebra and your lion and your tiger and your leopard and your cheetah and your jaguar and your polar bear and your orca and your sea otter and your walrus and your narwhal and your manatee and your penguin and your platypus and your echidna and your koala and your kangaroo and your opossum and your wombat and your sloth and your anteater and your armadillo and your ant and your termite and your grasshopper and your cricket and your butterfly and your bumblebee and your bee and your wasp and your fly and your dragonfly and your damselfly and your gnat and your mosquito and your midge and your cicada and your locust and your ladybug and your aphid and your flea and your louse and your tick and your maggot and your worm and your caterpillar and your snake and your frog and your toad and your newt and your salamander and your axolotl and your octopus and your squid and your shrimp and your lobster and your crab and your prawn and your clam and your mussel and your oyster and all of the other sea creatures that live in the oceans and the lakes and the rivers and the streams and the ponds and the swamps and the marshes and the bogs and the forests and the jungles and the rainforests and the deserts and the tundra and the mountaintops and the canyons and the valleys and the plains and the prairies and the hills and the mountains and the glaciers and the volcanoes and the earthquakes and the tornadoes and the hurricanes and the cyclones and the tsunamis and the floods and the droughts and the famines and the plagues and the pestilences and the diseases and the epidemics and the war and the peace and the love and the hate and the joy and the sorrow and the happiness and the sadness and the tears and the laughter and the smiles and the frowns and the cries and the shouts and the whispers and the screams and the moans and the whimpers and the grunts and the groans and all the other sounds that make up the symphony of life and the universe and the earth and the stars and the moon and the sun and the planets and the comets and the meteors and the asteroids and the nebulae and the black holes and the quasars and the supernovas and the gamma rays and the x-rays and the infrared and the ultraviolet and the radio waves and the microwaves and the light and the dark and the night and the day and the seasons and the months and the years and the decades and the centuries and the millenia and the billions and the trillions and the quadrillions and the quintillions and the googolplexes and the septillion and the octilliard and the nonillion and every other number you can imagine.

2. Don’t be afraid to write about things that have happened to you

Writing about stuff that has happened to me has been one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. I guess it’s because I have a hard time believing that I am the only person in the world who has ever felt the way that I have felt or experienced the way I have experienced things.