Using Life’s Experiences in Fiction Writing

Have you ever thought about the importance of your experiences when you write? While there is little doubt the way you experience life will have an effect if you decide to write a book of memoirs, it can do also provide a world of information for fiction. While you may not use the exact events or people, those experiences can add “feed for the fodder” by helping you formulate ideas you be put down to create a story. there are different experiences throughout your life that can play integral parts in your fiction writing.

While I do not do it all the time I have taken two distinct and unique events in my life as a teenager to create the basis for some of my writing. when I developed the basis for my short story “Beyond the Smile” i created the protagonist loosely from my experience as the girlfriend of a motorcycle gang member. the story is fictional and none of the events happened to me, but I created the personality of Joey Spinelli based on some of what I experienced with my ex-boyfriend. this includes Joey being on the run from the police in another state on murder charges.

In another instance I used a series of dreams I had  about my favorite rock star during my teens as the basis for a novel I am writing.  In the beginning it was very close to what was actually in those dreams but as I have made many changes in order to prevent most people from knowing who the actual star is, there is little resemblance to the original dreams. However, I created the hero totally on my teen idol and how I would have perceived myself living had we met and become romantically involved.

There are many ways you can fit daily events into your writing, and they don’t have to mirror those events. Many writers take a notebook with them and make notes of things they see that can help create a story. Since I don’t own a Blackberry, I tend to use text messaging on my cell phone to leave quick notes for myself if I don’t have a notebook. You can just jot quick notes that will help you remember what event occurred and how you want to develop that into a story, poem or novel. You want to look at everything that happens in your life as the topic sentence of your next work of fiction.

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The Future of Publishing

There have been many changes in publishing over the years but perhaps none so much as we have seen since the introduction of the internet. many people seem to feel that e-Books will take over and the print book will become obsolete. As a reader as well as a writer I would hate to see that happen. While I do utilize e-Books for research and educational purposes I do not wish to rely on the computer or a reader for my pleasure reading. I many of the writing groups to which I belong the topic comes up and while many people have begun to avail themselves of devices such as the Kindle and other e-Book readers this is not something in which I choose to invest.

In spite of my personal distaste for e-Books during pleasure reading I certainly will not discount that format for my own writing. while it doesn’t appeal to me, there are enough people in the population to make it a worthwhile choice for publication. In fact, it is probably one of the easiest ways fir an unpublished writer to enter the market since an e-Book publisher doesn’t take the monetary risk a print publisher does.

Like e-Books POD or Print-on-Demand is anotehr format that is becoming more popular. While some people may feel it is not a good monetary investment for a publisher, the truth is the ability to print one book at a time can be very cost effective, especially if there is doubt about the sales volume of the book in question. It can be an alternative to self-publishing for those authors who may find a publisher who is a little skeptical about paying an advance or printing a large number of books for an unknown author. This format can help not only established authors get more work before the readers but can also help new authors who have been unable to find a publisher or agent willing to take a chance.

The publishing options that are available today can help new writers get their first book in the hands of readers but they do need to do their homework first in order to make certain they are dealing with someone with a good reputation. different websites such as preditors and Editors, Writer Beware and Whispers and Warnings can help with this process. When writers take the time to research before they even send their manuscript to a publisher or agent they have a better opportunity for success.