IWSG : Real-Life Stories, Sort Of

Posted on October 7, 2015
Not 100% fact.
Not 100% fiction either.
I love real-life stories.

Whenever I meet someone new, I ask them several questions about where they are from, their education, and their cultural background. If it's a couple, I have to know their meet story, their relationships with their inlaws, how they named their kids, etc. I will listen to someone else's life story if they are willing to tell it, and nine out of ten times people want to tell their stories. 

I've also found that people who suffer also want their stories heard. Those that have divorced, when asked, will tell you everything, and some with a dramatic flare as if they were writing for a soap opera. A job loss due to office politics or nepotism will sound outrageous and infuriating. And a lost loved-one... the immense heartache may get you choked up. 

Again, nine out of ten times people will tell their stories. Rough estimate. I'm going on midnight memory here.

So, a few years ago when I had told a life-long friend that I started writing a book, she instantly said, "You're writing your love story, aren't you."

I was totally flattered that she thought my releationship rollercoaster was worthy of being documented. I probably blushed. "Of course not," I said. "It's too personal. I'd feel so exposed."

A few years later, bam! Inside The Lives Of Isabel & Leo was born. Little snippets of parenting and relationship and all that everyday-boring-yet-juicy stuff that fill our lives. Or, my life, rather.

It's not exactly fact, but it's not 100% fiction either. It's currently on wattpad, if you'd like to say, oh I don't know, check it out and leave a comment or two.

Anyone else doing this? I can't be the only one hiding behind fictional character names and slight changes of identity. Bueller? Anyone?

If so, share you links, pretty please with cherry on top. I want to hear your story!!!


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12 comments:

  1. I let little snippets from my life sneak into my writing, but I try not to let it get out of hand. I don't want to have to depend on my life for ideas.

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    1. Oh, I can't depend on my life for ideas either. It's one of those "hindsight is 20/20" type of things. Sometimes I combine a couple of past events into one short story to capture the highlights.

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  2. I'm sure some elements of myself end up in my characters. My protagonists are probably each an exaggeration of some set of my traits (anxiety, obnoxiousness, crazy story telling). But my plots are completely fictitious.

    Dave Emanuel

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    1. It's hard to keep ourselves completely out of the story telling, David. Aside from this set of short stories, my novels and other short stories have original plots and character traits outside my own. I mean, I'm not a lonely abandoned witch like the protagonist in The Box Of Souls. At least I don't think... :-P

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  3. Like Dave (above), little pieces of my life appear in my stories. When my MC mentions her dad's warning about keeping plenty of gas in her car in the winter, that was my dad. Mostly, my MCs exhibit characteristics I wish I had--witty,, adventurous, bold. Some of my fears, too (heights). I've never told my own story, except at social events.Fiction is more fun.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. That's so sweet, Diane! I might have modelled the fatherly figure in A Selfish Moment after my dad too, but only partially. There are some adorable older-couple moments between the character and his wife that were inspired by my parents relationship. :-D

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  4. I guarantee that parts of my life are mixed with my fiction.
    It's our experiences that make our writing more interesting!

    Heather

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    1. Totally agree. But I guess I'm asking if people put some version of their true lives out there while changing names, traits, and some facts and plot details. I'm guessing not a lot of people do this. It's not exactly a memoir, but maybe a "fictional" memoir-like set of short stories?

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  5. You hear about stuff like this--writers who basically put everyone they know in their stories and just change the names, etc. But I never have. There are parts of me in a lot of my characters, but they aren't based on me or anyone I know. Cool discussion. :)

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    1. Oh I couldn't write everyone I know - my family and friends would probably disown me. I keep it light, anectdotal, and try to get a chuckle out of the frustrating parts of life. :-D

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  6. In my case, it tends to be more minor - just characters expressing what I think of a thing.

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    1. I guess we all use our characters to say the things we cannot or would not say. :-1

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