Any experience can provide an idea for your writing. For example, 5 years ago I broke my elbow and fractured my cheekbone. While I wouldn't recommend seeking this type of situation, my writer brain filed it away for future reference.
What I learned:
1) You can't put on a seatbelt with a broken left elbow. I know because I tried. My head hurt so bad from the fall that I didn't realize it was out of commission. If I'd been smart or more lucid, I probably should have asked someone to call an ambulance. Instead I drove the 5 miles home.
2) An incapacitated limb swells. My fingers not only resembled fat sausage links, but also refused to work.
3) Surgery, a plate, and a couple of screws put me back together, but I needed intense therapy for 3 months.
When my character injures her arm, I KNOW it must be a sprain. She has to drive a long distance to her home. Unless I want her to take on a Wonder Woman or other superhero personality, she cannot do this with a break or a fracture.
Even with a sprain, I know she's going to be one hurting puppy. I reflect that in the storyline, along with references to some minor physical therapy.
Writers: How have you applied a life experience to your characters?
Readers: When a character performs superhuman feats, how does it affect your view of the story?
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