If 'Phsician, heal thyself' is the best advice one can give to a doctor, then 'Writer, know thyself' might well be the best advice one can give to an author. Research may take you far and wide, but the heart of your story will be found within. It is through insight into yourself and your own experiences that you will find something of value to share with others.
May you have the imagination and playfulness to create great stories, the courage to look within to discover their meaning, the perseverence to shape and perfect them and the generosity to share them with the world. May your courage and generosity return to you a thousand-fold.