|Agent Donald Maass|
It takes courage to expose truth. Powerful stories tell us something important and you know something important. Take the risk. Be real. Take your personal experience and transform it into story. Use the hard material of your life.
Be Full Range
Sure, stories are about trouble, but there is room in your novel for bliss. You need the full range of emotions. Let the reader enjoy some of that happiness. This isn't plot specific so don't worry about what genre you write. Just capture the human experience.
Great fiction causes us to feel that we are in a real place. The author must draw on their own experience to make the unreal world real. Have the grace to give your characters what you feel and the reader will connect at a human level.