#TBT – Writing About What You Know #amwriting

I base my stories on what I know and my experiences. I can’t simply throw caution to the wind and totally go with my imagination.

I can’t write about dragons and vampires. And I could never see myself writing about long-blond haired Fabio-like type men (the older women know who I’m talking about and I still don’t know what the allure was) who sweep down to rescue the heroine in distress like in the Harlequin books my grandmother used to devour. I also can’t wrap my brain around writing a female leads who could have stepped out of an episode of The Housewives of (Pick-Your-City) because I know nothing about the world of the rich, bold, beautifully bored.

Sure, I use my imagination and research certain elements of my stories but on the whole, I base my storytelling on what I have experienced, scenes that could possibly happen in real life and locations exist. It makes it all the more real for me. Of course, a story wouldn’t be a good one without a little drama and twists thrown in for good measure. And whose to say that those are made up, right?

That’s my kind of fiction and the kind of fiction I write.

Do you agree with that quote? And if you write fiction, what kind of fiction do you write?

©2017 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.

Updated post – originally posted on November 3, 2015

 

 

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25 thoughts on “#TBT – Writing About What You Know #amwriting

  1. Pingback: Reading About What You Don’t Know | Simply Marquessa

  2. Years ago a friend suggested I write Harlequin romances because there was good money in them. I looked into it (unemployment makes you do crazy things), but discovered I could never, ever write that sort of stuff…nothing with Fabio on the cover!

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  3. I too, write fiction about what I know. It would be extremely difficult for me to write a love story. I’m not a reader but I have always heard that you can go anywhere, be anything and do anything in a book. For me, I go places, do things and turn into another person in my writing. 🙂

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