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    Life experiences for inspiration

    Discussion in 'Insights & Inspiration' started by Tearcon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Hi, I was wondering what your opinions are on using life experiences (negative or positive) for inspiration for writing fiction and poetry and also what advice you would give to a writer doing this.
     
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    All writers use life experiences for inspiration.
     
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    I meant things like depression ect. I didn't know how to put this across without sounding like I was moaning.
     
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    As @thirdwind said...
     
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    As everyone else said, everything an author experiences can and generally is used when it comes to writing any sort of fiction.
    To create emotion, you need to, generally, understand it.
     
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    They say all fiction is autobiography...
     
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    When my Grandpa died I wrote a story about grief. It was the most honest piece I'd ever written, and I still regard it as one of my stronger works despite a year's worth of growth. Writing is all about getting close and there's nothing that can accomplish that better than having lived a bit of the tale yourself- love, loss, betrayal, hope, anxiety, and fear, are the experiences with which we temper our stories.
     
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    ditto all of the above...
     
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    Thankyou everyone :)
     
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    I think all writers do that, to some extent. Both good and bad experiences. And I think it makes the books better. If you know about something it's easier to write about it. But sometimes you need to take a step aside from yourself and fictionalize it. I've heard a writing friend talk about that. She wrote a book about a personal trauma that she's been carrying along all her life, and at one point she said it came out really bad and read like a newspaper article or something. Only when she decided to make it a novel instead of a memoir (Not sure about the right lable here, autobiography, memoir?) she was able to write about it like a story, as something that would appeal to a reader.
    Sometimes it's also necessary to deal with things and get some distance to them to be able to write about them.
     
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    That's a character right there.
     
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    Thankyou for the replies and advice everyone, I was just a bit unsure on some ideas, but I'm not now :D
     

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