Do real life situations inspire your writing?
In a recent interview with writer/blogger Synithia Williams she asked what inspired me?
Before I could answer, I thought about why I write to begin with?
For me, fiction is a way of seeing through others eyes. Releasing the judgment that we as humans sometimes have in everyday life and finding a way to look at things differently and hopefully solve real life issues.
After taking a moment to reflect, I realized that I’m inspired by my life experiences and the experiences of others. I’ve had some really interesting things happen in my own life. The type of situations where when I share them with someone, I preface it with, “I couldn’t make this up if I tried.”
Or what about in your own life…what about those conversations where your girlfriend calls you up and your mouth is gaped open the whole time because what she’s saying is just so unbelievable it sounds like it’s made up?
Think about your favorite television shows.
While Tyler Perry isn’t necessarily my favorite television writer or screenwriter, he does have a knack for turning real life situations into story lines for his movies and television shows.
Now of course, I would never exploit a situation that a friend is going though. I will however, use what is universal about that situation to develop a storyline. Isn’t that what writing is all about? Drawing from real life situations to engage your reader.
Writers are you using these real life situations to move your story along? Please share in the comment section below.