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.