Friday, March 14, 2014

Are You in There?

I'm over at From the Write Angle today talking about the Non-Autobiographical You. Sounds weird, I know, but if you pop on over, you'll see what I'm talking about!

I've never used a real event from my life in my writing and I doubt I ever will. So far I haven't even taken a real event and twisted it.

My life isn't great fodder for fiction. Thankfully! I don't want or need to live a life where I suffer like Main Characters always seem to do!

But if I had to take one event and use it, it might be my tendency to use swing sets a little differently as a kid. Sure I liked to swing and jump off like everyone else, but I also liked to shinny up the poles and hang upside down from my knees off the top bar. The most fun though was shinnying up to the top and then walking along the top bar as if it was a beam.

Might be a fun scene if I ever decide to write one of those MG ideas spinning around in my head!

How about you - what's something you've done that would make a great scene in a novel?

25 comments:

  1. I've based manuscripts on a strong personality I've met or something odd that I've seen happen.

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  2. Love that you used swing sets as a jungle gym...ha!

    Nothing I've *done* would really be interesting in a book...sometimes a bit of my personality will rub off into a character, though. :)

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  3. My life is too ordinary to be in a book...

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  4. I have an idea for a scene in my head, but I'll only get to use it if my publisher fulfills the option for 2 more books in my MG series. If I get to write the 4th proposed book, my protagonist will be taken skiing for the first time by his teenage guardian. Then I'll be calling on my own experiences -- and my favorite ski mountain.

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  5. Medeia - I keep filing fun incidents - but haven't used any yet!

    Elizabeth - that sounds about right for me too :)

    Alex - you and me both - and I'm very glad for that!

    Dianne - that sounds awesome! I also have a skiing incident I could use ... as a hint I only skied once and it was about as far from successful as you can imagine! :)

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  6. My life doesn't stand out in anyway that would make for interesting reading.

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  7. Some incidents in my books are based on things that have happened to me or people I know. But they're not lifted whole hog. It's the beginning of something, a reaction to something else, mixed with a healthy cup of fiction.

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  8. Mason - you and me both! And I like it that way :)

    Carol - That's the best way! Real life gives us those sparks and off we go!

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  9. funny how you haven't ended up at Olympics :)))

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  10. Dezzy - I know! Hard to believe ... okay, not even a little bit! :)

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  11. When I write, little flashes of my past find their way in. Talking of swing sets, The Fault in our Stars users one so powerfully.

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  12. I've got a few scenes based on "real" life tucked away for some story, some day or maybe never. I can't decide yet.

    I used to play on those swing sets and pretended I was an acrobat in the circus. Scared my mom a lot. :-)

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  13. Lee - my mom never knew - thank goodness! She might have had a heart attack! :)

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  14. I hope you were wearing shorts when you hung upsidedown!

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  15. I'm looking forward to reading your entry!
    And as for using my life in a book, I've never used events from my life, but it's amazing how often bits of my personality show up in my writing….

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  16. Thanks Beth. I think my personality definitely shows up in my writing too :)

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  17. poles are good for shinnying.
    I use a lot of my experiences in my stories, but it's usually the mundane snippets of my stories ;)

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  18. Lynda - hmmm. I wonder if I do that too? I'll have to think about it :)

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  19. Hey human, Jemi,

    How's it goin', eh?

    You have "MG" ideas spinning around in your head, my human friend? Acronym alert! Thought an MG was an old British sports car.

    I created an imaginary character named, Gary. Might make for a weird scene in a novel.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

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  20. That's interesting! I've taken a few real live events/moments - heavily tweaked, though. They always change once the characters get a hold of them!

    Deniz
    http://www.thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com
    Nicole's #atozchallenge Mighty Minion

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  21. Hi Jemi!

    Great post! I'm trying a new story, hopefully some of my friends would end in it!

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  22. Penny - I think Gary would make an excellent character to star in his own story! And how did you know I've always favoured those MGs - nice cars :)

    Deniz - I bet! I think we all probably springboard from real life like that a bit!

    Kelly - sounds like fun! :)

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