I am on the fence about this. If you’ve had some good– meaning interesting–adventures in the past they can be distracting to you as a fiction writer. You might think they make a good story but it’s not enough for a whole novel or you might try to build a novel around them, like I often try to, and find they kind of get in the way! So how do you manage these mini-novels or this subplot material? Force it to work into a larger story or try to build around it?
Mostly I ignore my good stories when I am writing fiction and just tell them to my friends on long hikes or when the girls and I gather and I’ve had a glass or two of wine, when the time seems right. Because it’s easier to invent a story from the ground up than try to make an incident or even a series of unfortunate events into a novel length story if it’s just not enough. I am still working on how to use these experiences in fiction without letting them lead me astray if anyone has any insight on the subject!