A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar. ~Stephen King
Powerful words, and so true. I don't know that we can be good writers, even exceptional writers, if we don't acknowledge the scars we have, the difficulties we've experienced in our lives. Because, even in fiction, we can draw from the scars. We should draw from them. Any loss or heartache or challenges we've faced can be translated into a fictional plot with fictional characters. Of course, the truth inside that fiction is the genuine emotion. That's real. And it comes from remembering those scars.
This idea, of self-examination helping us to be better writers, reminds me of another quote I love: The unexamined life is not worth living. ~Socrates
How can we be good writers if we don't sometimes look back, examine ourselves? We need to be looking inward to see what we believe, to know how we feel. To be as comfortable as possible with who we are, as people, as writers. Ultimately, we have to be honest with ourselves before we attempt honesty in our fiction, or else it will never ring true.