Oh, it's the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time for another installment of Insecure Writer's Support Group. I always find the questions SO thought provoking.
This Month's Question: Have you ever been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story? How did you decide to write it or not?
My Answer: There are quite a few scenes in WHO R U REALLY? that actually happened in real life. The hardest part about writing the story was making those real-life scenes translate into a believable fictional tale … because sometimes real-life events are too hard to believe. For those of you who've read the story, the scene where the mother and daughter played Scrabble was the hardest scene for me to write, because not only did that game happen in real life but the devastating events that immediately followed the game also happened. As I wrote the scene, I got very emotional. It was hard, but if the story was going to be shared, the scene had to be written. To make it tougher, I had to write it from my daughter’s perspective rather than my own since it's a book for young adults.
Wow! I'm wondering since the scene was based on real life it is was cathartic for you to write it? I'm imagining although it is personal to you, that the casual reader might not pick up that those scenes are a window into your life.ReplyDelete
Real-life material is hard to include in a story. There's a few things I would like to write but I don't know how certain people would react to it, so it hasn't happened.ReplyDelete
I just added your book to my to-read list--it sounds wonderful!ReplyDelete
I've written scenes based on real events from my life, and yeah, it's emotional and hard, but the results are often wonderful.
I can see how that would be hard...you had to re-live it to write it. I bet the end result was excellent though.ReplyDelete
Wow, that's a scary thing. I bet it was emotional!ReplyDelete
That would rip my heart out to write.ReplyDelete