It takes a heap of living to make a writer. It doesn’t necessarily have to be physical action, either. It may be the lives other people have lived, close to you. But a steady flow of happenings, motives, emotions must pass through your mind into your subconscious, and must enter in a continuous stream to supply that certain something that lets you make stories real to the reader.
The important thing to remember is that your ability to write is like your bank account—you must keep putting in to have something there to take out.Jane Littell, Writer’s Digest (May 1940)