Authors Experiences & their effect on writing.

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English III online
January 27, 2014
Experiences and their influences
When authors base their work on personal experience, they make a connection with the reader. This often makes for a better and more knowledgeable/informative story. We are constantly experiencing new things in our daily lives, whether we know it or not. If you are 5 years old or 75 years old, there’s always something new to learn and grow from. When authors base their work on personal experience such as Harper Lee did in “To Kill a Mockingbird," readers make a better connection with the story and its characters. It will sometimes keep the readers interested in the story, and many people find it much more informative because it is coming from the author and not an online source.

In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Lee resembled a childhood friend of Harper Lee. Not only did this make the novel more relatable, but it made readers feel closer to Harper. Scout is raised in Maycomb County, a fictional town in Alabama very similar to Monroe County where Harper Lee was raised. Both Scout and Lee were advanced students for their ages, learning to read and write before the other students in their classes. Born in 1926, Lee is only slightly older than Scout, the character with so many similarities to the author. Lee grew up in Monroeville, Alabama--a small, Southern Alabama town so like the fictitious Maycomb. Her father, Amasa Lee, was a lawyer and a member of the Alabama legislature during the 1930s, as was Atticus. Lee's mother, Frances, was born with the maiden name of Finch. Lee was known in her youth as "a rough 'n' tough tomboy" who loved to read, just like Scout.

Authors write novels that can relate to their lives because it’s what they know best and can master the feelings and emotions that they felt when similar occurrences happened. It is very important that the author has experienced something that influences their work; when reading people like to feel that connection and try to tie...