Every weekend from February through April, 2011, I sit down in front of a camera and talk about my previous week’s progress writing my second novel “Light of the Outsider.” This week, I explore the similarities between writing and acting, and propose that to do either thing well you must be willing to dig deeply into your own (often challenging) life experiences.

What do you think? Do you care if your characters’ emotional lives are as complicated and rich as your own undoubtedly is, and do you pull on your own life experience to achieve that complexity in you writing? Please leave your feedback in the comments.