Why I write fiction

I met a biographer at the Writers Conference who asked me what genre I wrote. I proudly said women’s fiction. With a wondering look, he said, “I don’t know how people can write fiction. As a biographer, everything is already there, the character and the story. I don’t know how fiction writers come up with their stories.”

I quickly replied, “I write fiction because it’s liberating. To have the power to create your own characters, your own dialogue, your own story is just an amazing experience.”

He simply shrugged his shoulders.

They say to write fiction, you need to experience life, and I agree. But I believe you also have to have a creative imagination. For me, writing fiction is like traveling. After coming up with the idea of where to go, I research on the culture, the food, the language and the people and then I take the trip. And while I’m there, I explore and make it one big adventure.

Fiction can be anything you want it to be. So go crazy.

0 Replies to “Why I write fiction”

  1. Very true.
    I write fiction–urban fantasy, nothing big–because I don’t like to linger on the known, on simple truths and cold realities. I like to be able to branch out into the unknown, to craft worlds and things that–while admittedly not 100% original–can help readers and even myself escape into the pages rather than experience the usual, to live their lives vicariously through the eyes of another character in other world.
    I hope that makes sense.
    =)

  2. Amen. In fiction you can show the truth, but don’t have to tell any facts. The author gets to have their say, but keeps shy enough of trouble to write another day.

    Dr. B, author, “The Mandolin Case”

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