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An important aspect when using stories to convey lessons, whether they'd be true or fictional, is to stay faithful to patterns grounded in reality, not simply theory. That usually requires a solid life experience or at the very least some considerable research. Otherwise, you would basically be writing your opinion and it might not sound True in the end.

It's always your opinion, whether you know it or not, but yeah, some people's opinion is more worthwhile than others. I'd happily read any random stuff written by a Hesse or a Marques, because their opinion is gold dust.

Ultimately, there's no substitue for that but personal growth, observation and life experience, and no way, as far as I can tell, to accelerate it other than having very unfortunate events befall you (a kid growing up in a war zone will easily have more life experience than a much older person with a steadier life).

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