(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 14 February 2014.)
Where is the best place for a writer of fiction to look for material? You already know the answer to that question, but prehaps you need a gentle nudge in the right direction to give you confidence.
When I taught fiction writing to undergraduates at the University of Pittsburgh as I worked on my MFA between 2003-2006 at Pitt, I often assigned to my students the writing of a flash fiction story as homework.
My students were very imaginative. They turned in stories about fantastic people they had never met who lived in exotic locales they had never been to. Some of the stories were well-written. None of the stories had the ring of truth in them. A writer must earn the trust of his or her reader.
What my students finally accepted was that their own lives were full of people they could base wonderful characters on and that they knew situations and places they could base events and localities on.
In other words, their own lives would make for great material. Their own lives would keep them eye-ball deep in material for the rest of their lives.
So, dear reader, go ahead. Write about what you know. And then all you have to do is to make the rest of it up.
“The best erotic flash fiction is not only good entertainment; it is also art.”–Guy Hogan
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