I have been a writer since I was a child. When I was 16, I actually had a comic strip published in a local paper. After a couple free runs, the paper wanted to start paying me to continue since they had gotten a good response. We moved from Illinois to Alabama around this time and I couldn't see paying the postage to send my weekly comic strips to the paper. I wish I had but, I was young and poor. I have always written from where my mind was at. This means that; I have written across many genres. I have written songs, comics, poetry, comedy skits-mostly off color, books of all types, memoirs, poetry, etc. and etc.
I believe a person who wants to write, needs to be real. If that means being ugly because that is real at that point in your life, if that means helpful, spiritual, comedic, so be it. If a person writes from where they are in their life at a moment in time, that person is real and raw. Life is hard, ugly, beautiful, uplifting, peaceful, and the whole gamut of experiences. Being real is the only way to record life.
If you write from a fake perspective, your writing won't be powerful. This does not mean that fiction writing is bad...absolutely not! I have written much fiction. Fiction is real in the mind of the artist. I have a very colorful imagination, what is in my mind is real. Being authentic in artful writing and life is the only way to pass on joy to your readers.~b