Last time I was here, I wrote
about using reality. I described losing
a beloved dog, Lexie, then acquiring a puppy, Cari, to be a new friend for our
remaining dog Mystie.
And I discussed how I would try
to use these experiences in my upcoming writing. It's what I do. I'm a writer.
I also find it fascinating to see
how other fiction writers do the same thing: take experiences in their lives
and find ways to use them in their novels.
And why not? It's a lot easier to
manipulate an idea based on reality and turn it into something we can live with
than it is, at least sometimes, to have to deal with that reality. Plus, it does help us get past difficult
circumstances--or use good things that happen in a way to keep them real.
That seems to be so with at least
some of my fellow InkSpot bloggers. For
one thing, I'm sure those of you reading this can understand how much I
empathized with what Tj O'Connor recently wrote in his blog: the pain of his
loss after his beloved dog died. As I
mentioned, that's been a major issue in my life, too. Will Tj use the experience, the emotions, in
an upcoming book? I won't be surprised
if he does.
Then, also recently, Tracy Weber
described on her InkSpot post about learning to be a doula--a yoga program to
help in delivery of a baby. She used
that in her most recent Downward Dog Mystery, A Fatal Twist--an excellent book, BTW.
Others here and elsewhere have
done the same thing--using their life experiences as research in books they
write. As I mentioned in my last post,
cozy mystery writers often use themes in their series that are important parts
of their own lives.
It's not only a thing fiction
writers do, either. If you learn
something important in your life, find another way to use it. Tell others.
Teach it to your kids.
Incorporate it as a hobby. Change
Has that ever worked for you?
BTW, right now I consider myself
on the countdown till the publication of my next Barkery & Biscuits Mystery
from Midnight Ink: Bad to the Bone. It's fiction, of course, but originated as
much of my work does from the reality of how much I love dogs.