Your Boring Life
I’ve always wondered if there’s something else to the books I read once I’ve finished them, if maybe the author was trying to tell me something more than just the character conflicts and struggles. What if those conflicts and struggles were, at one time, something the writer went through? What if that really annoying girl with the green hair or that boy with the dark eyes were people the writer knew? Writing using real-life experiences can build more depth and realistic qualities for your novel, and hook your readers even tighter into what you’ve produced. Now I’m sure you’re thinking: “My life is so boring. Who would want to read a book about it?” The answer? Everybody. Writers like Anne Rice, Stephen King, and Dean Koontz have used real-life experiences to fall back on in their books. Stephen King happened to be in a car crash, and what did that experience give him? The novel “Misery.” So now you’re probably saying: “Cheyenne, stop rambling and tell me the writing technique already!” It’s actually quite simple. Think about the story you’re trying to write. Is it horrific, adventurous, romantic? Could it be comedic, dramatic, or thrilling? By knowing the genre you want, you’re already halfway there to incorporating your real life experiences. For example, if it’s romantic, think about that special someone you were in love with, or what happened when you were dumped. Maybe you and your boyfriend/girlfriend got into a fight and the guy punched the drywall while the girl threw a roll of paper towels at him (No that is not one of my real life occurrences; just an example). Use all those “boring” or subconscious thoughts to give your plot personality and purpose. For more information on this writing technique, visit creative-writing-help.com.