"If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages" Elaine Liner
It's true. Most of our writing is derived from our experiences in real life. I think if we didn't have experiences that we thought were worth writing about, our lives would be pretty dull. The sad thing is, not everyone wants to write about them.
Setting, characters, motivation... they can come from anywhere--places we've visited, people we've met, things we've done.
We all have a story to tell.
Sometimes though, I think it's about the story you want to create.
A lot of my writing comes from my imagination, with a tiny bit of my experiences thrown in here and there for good measure. Depending on the day, and my mood, there may be more or less.
But a lot of it comes from things I wonder about, things that take up room in my brain, and give life to my imagination. It's the stuff that keeps me up at night, thinking, "now, wouldn't that be cool".
I guess at the end of the day, you need to do what feels comfortable for you - there's no right or wrong way.
Do you write mostly from your own experiences, or do you write based upon something you've created in your head?