Turning Real-life Scenarios into Stories

Creating a different world with your words has to be the most beautiful feeling ever. Cooking up stories in your head and reading your words on paper must give you a sense of fulfilment. The human mind is brilliant, but a writer’s–is magnificent! Writers give life to what was thought dead. They help readers relive beautiful memories, and also become aware of their traumas. I think what’s cool is that writers could also help readers heal from trauma. 

Writers do these by making good use of their imagination, and dedicating time to research. But some writers tell stories from real life events, and this post is to show you how it’s done. 

Writing a short story made me realize that fiction stories are a mix of the contents the author takes in, their imagination, and real life events. But the question remains, how can a writer incorporate real life scenarios into fiction writing? Here’s how: 

  • Pay close attention to your surroundings: To create fictional characters from real life events, be fully present wherever you are. Pay attention to how the air feels, what expression people around you have. Pay attention to how different people speak and what words they choose to use. Study closely your and people’s reactions to life’s events. Pay attention to your thoughts! All these could form the words on the pages of your book! 
  • Listen to People’s Story: To create that great story, be ready to listen to people talk about their life experiences. I tell you, their tales are most of what you need to start that story. Listen with genuine interest and desire to understand, and watch yourself write stories that your readers would absolutely relate with. 
  • Talk to People More: Not to worry, your talk with people doesn’t always have to be philosophical for you to make a good story out of your discussion. Be comfortable talking about fashion, history, trends, politics, emotions, opinions and more with people, as this will give you a better understanding of how the minds of different individuals work. And who knows? These people could have similar traits with your characters. 
  • Turn Your Experience into a Fictional Story: Who says you can’t be the main character in your book? Of course it’d be best to use a different name for the character, but be more than comfortable to write your personal experiences down. This would decrease the number of acts you have to brainstorm about.
  • Let Your Mind Imagine What the Lives of Others is Like: When you meet people, either in a bus or on the streets, allow yourself to wonder what their lives are about. Study their facial expressions, their look, and body language. This might give you one less character trait to worry about. 

Let me know in the comments which of these you’ve tried, and which one you intend to try next. Have a great one! 

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