Did you ever stick up for someone? Describe your neighborhood bully.
Putting your real life in writing can be inspiring, but it can be dangerous too. Creating Fiction From Personal Experiences: Life is a wealth of material for writers.
Most fiction is autobiographical to some extent, as writers draw from their real-world experiences—a first kiss, graduation, birth, death, marriage, divorce, career changes, the assassination of JFK, the invention of Spam both kinds.
Sometimes a story is created from the tiniest real-life detail.
You notice a little boy digging in the sand at the local playground, and this sparks an entire spin-off—a full-length novel about a man who makes a living digging wells. Grab a National Enquirer and take a look at the headlines.
Did Mary Sue, the terribly shy, mistreated girl who never spoke, become a radio personality or a serial killer? There are many possibilities. There are many well-known authors who have used their work backgrounds to create believable, technically correct fiction.
John Grisham and Patricia Cornwell come to mind. The inside knowledge these two authors possess contributed to their success and made their fiction believable.
Once upon a time there was a man who was born, went to school, became a teacher, got married, had two children, and died at the age of This man collected stamps, was afraid of flying, and once broke two ribs in a silly fraternity stunt back in college.
During his lifetime, he helped his children and his students become better, more well-rounded people, which is a great accomplishment. But is it a novel? The trick is to lift characters, events, tragedies, and triumphs from the pages of real life and create a new existence for them—using literary techniques and a good dose of creativity to make them more exciting, more interesting, more disturbing—more worthy of being read.
If you become too emotionally attached to turning your real-life story into fiction, you may lose sight of those elements that differentiate a smooth, well-crafted story from a real-life tale.
When real life becomes too unbelievable for good fiction, writing nonfiction is often a better choice. In a previous article on creative nonfiction, we discussed the possible legal ramifications of using real people in your fiction.
Better to model a character after the principal; as a writer, you can improve on his character to better suit your story, and no one will be humiliated or prevent your child from graduating elementary school.NDERF is the largest NDE website in the world with over Experiences in over 23 Languages! Main pages in desktop, tablet, and smart phone formats.
41 thoughts on “ Write From Your Own Life Experiences ” Mindy January 9, at pm. Thanks for sharing your insight! I’m working on a memoir, but as I write, I’m finding various memoirs are going into a middle grade novel!
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DISCOVER. through writing and sharing the story of your life. WHAT WORKS FOR YOU. Through the power of your own story gain the confidence and clarity that come with discovering the values and beliefs that guide your life choices.
Knowing yourself at the core makes it easier when we need to gather our wits and make those choices that make all the difference in the world.