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Fiction? But I only write real stuff. How do I just make stuff up?
For you memoirists and non-fiction writers, who aren’t accustom to spinning fantasy, remember that ‘fiction’ has a broad meaning:
Fiction … deals, in part or in whole, with information or events that are not ‘real’, but rather, imaginary and theoretical—that is, invented by the author.
Fiction contrasts with non-fiction, which deals exclusively with factual (or, at least, assumed factual) events, descriptions, observations, etc.
from Wikipedia entry for Fiction (check it out – it actually has some useful info about structure)
If the idea of generating original characters and plot out of your own imagination seems daunting, try one of these approaches:
- Recall a story you heard from a relative – a tall tale, a bit of gossip, something about a person you never knew – and start a story about that. Who? Where? What happened?
- Write your three words on a scrap of paper and put it under your pillow. keep paper and pen handy. Write down your dreams.
- Think of a favorite photograph from your early life. Tell the story of that picture. Change the names of people and places.
- Think of a familiar song, or a favorite painting. Ask some questions: Who is it about? What do they want? Where is this happening?
- Think of a favorite movie, replace the characters with your family members!