Brian Klems comes to the rescue again at “The Writer’s Dig”, inviting Lorie Ann Grover to give writers the 6 best tips for writing fiction based on true events. Grover is herself an author and co-founder of the influential teen-literacy site readergirlz.
Whenever I think about fiction based on true events, I always go back to one of my favorite genres: the memoir. And each of these tips would work whether you’re writing about the fallout of 9/11 or the fallout of your marriage crumbling around you. Remember that fact and real life is often, so much often, stranger than fiction, and always remember to at least clear what you write with whomever is directly affected by the story, the event, or even your very words.
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You are there. You see it. You’re a writer, so, of course, you want to write about it. Now what? Writing fiction springing from an actual event, maybe one of your own personal experiences, requires a finesse for your reader’s benefit, your friends’, your enemies, and yourself. There is a way to handle the truth because you’ll begin as if you are wearing kid gloves, but suddenly they will plump into boxing gloves, and before you know it, you are ready to deliver that punch right to your beloved, old auntie’s face.