First of all before I start writing more about what I know. Let me divide my writings for those of you that may think everything I write is based on my life experiences. When I'm blogging on a daily basis with all of you reading, I am including writings pulled from some of my life experiences. I am blogging and most of it is non fiction to you as the reader. Let's make that clear. Anonymous made a comment that everything I write is from my life experiences. So I told her that she could choose to stay and read or go find another blog that will better suit her. I write for me first and foremost. And most of the time when I am blogging to all of you, it is non fiction and it is my opinion about everything. We all have our own opinions and nobody can change it. It's up to us to change ourselves. Nobody else can do it for you.
But when I choose to post a blog of my poetry, STORY LINE STARTERS or for instance, The Glorious Money Tree novel or The Thief Who Wouldn't learn novel that I am writing or another type of Short Story like Alter Ego Meets Soul Mate, those are all fiction. Unless I tell you otherwise that some of the poetry is non fiction.
Some of my poetry is also made up. I'll let you know if it is. And I have other poems about my Mother or other things that are non fiction. I usually let you know then too.
But most of the time, I am blogging on here and it's non fiction and I'm expressing my opinion on things and telling real life stories and other stuff. So if anyone reads and gets disgusted that everything I write about is from real life experiences, maybe they should be seriously looking for another blog. I am not about to please Anonymous.
But even in fiction, we are told so many times to write about what we know. How can you write about something you know nothing of and expect to pull it off? Can you honestly tell yourself that you can make it believable? I'd never have my heroine be a doctor or lawyer as I wouldn't be able to pull it off. That's why she is most of the time a writer, artist, blogger, knitter, etc..
All of my fiction has a bit of me in it somewhere, or maybe a little bit of my mother or some other person that has touched my life. You will find that even more prominent writers pull stories from their life history too. There is just no getting around it. The author of the Stephanie Plum series has done it too. robert Ludlum and other's have done it. Baldacci? I can't quite remember which writer it was, but at least one of them was either a doctor or lawyer in real life and all their stories were heavily based on medicine, etc.... I'll remember the writer's name later or maybe one of you can jog my memory.
However, if you use yourself as a basis, you can include character flaws you might not admit to in real life, and you can base your character’s reactions to an event on how you would react in the same position. The character will be more believable because it’s based on a real person – you.
Creativity and art and writing is about defining non fiction and fiction in unique ways. Okay, so maybe you are an artist in real life and your character is one too. You can still make her so different than you. Maybe you want her to be an alcoholic or something else that you are not. As a fiction writer we can twist so many different elements into a story.
- Write what you feel. Use your personal, emotional experiences and share them with the reader through characters you’ve invented. Emotional truths make a piece of fiction honest and compelling.
- Write what you imagine. Let yourself explore a world of possibilities: fantastical beasts, mythical creatures, aliens, and strange, magical worlds.
- Write what you experience. Every experience you’ve had can be translated to fiction. Remember your first day of school? Tweak that experience and give it to one of your characters, even if the character is an elf or an alien.
- Write what interests you. You can write what you know after you’ve learned it. Conduct research about things that interest you and then use those things in your stories. Pull facts and ideas from history, current events, and textbooks.
- Write what matters to you. It goes without saying that your work must matter to you. Write about what moves you, stirs your passion, fills you with joy or rage. If you’re invested in your project, it will come through in your writing and it will speak to higher truths.