Fiction by nature is something considered, not true, or not possible. Yet some of the best Science Fiction is that which makes you suspend your disbelief. We know for example that a man cannot fly, but I've lost track of how many "Superman" movies are out there. Some rely on special effects, to ooh and ahh the viewers. Some try to impress with technical jargon and new inventions that make the impossible possible. But the best way to overcome the impossible is by focusing on reality. Real emotions, real fears, and doubts are signs of good character development. Because in the real world, people are what life is all about.
When it comes to superheroes, I like Spiderman, BECAUSE he had doubts, and was insecure... therefore I related to him the most. Not all of us will have the technical knowledge to write something as earth-shattering as Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" which many claim was the real motivation behind the first nuclear submarine. But what you do have is your own life experiences.
I wrote a short story called "Shooting Goliath" as a realistic story of what happened to me when I fell off a waterfall. BUT I also have a scene in my time travel adventure where my main character jumps off a waterfall to catch someone else's attention. Now I KNOW that's fiction... because I'm scared of heights, but I have had the experience that makes that section believable. I have a character in that book that lost their spouse after 30 years, which has also happened to me. My story is based on the concept you can't help others if you can't help yourself. Every character has doubts and fears to overcome before they can complete their assignments. I focus on what I do know, not on what I don't.
Yes, I have a character that is a writer, and I have a character that is a photographer. My stories are character driven by emotions that I understand. I'm NOT saying settings and plot are not important. What I'm saying is to use your strengths. You don't have to be a cop to solve a mystery. You don't have to fly to write about superheroes. What you must do is write about what you know to catch people's attention. Do I believe a man can fly? No. Do I believe Lois loves Clark? I have no doubt.
Use your experiences to make the story come to life. If you've been hurt, write it down. If you've been scared, write it down. If you have ever been in love, fooled, overjoyed, given birth, buried a pet, been in an accident, run a race, or had your heart broken, write it down. These are the things that will make your story worth reading regardless of what it's about. Using your imagination doesn't mean you make up everything from scratch. Just ask yourself "what if" and plug in your own experiences. This is what keeps the readers engaged, and turning page after page. Be yourself and keep on writing.
Award-winning writer/photographer Tedric Garrison has 40 years experience in both areas of expertise. As a Graphic Art Major, he has a unique perspective on creativity. His photography tells a story and his writing is visual. He believes creativity CAN be taught. Tedric shares both his writing and photography skills at his new website: http://writephotos.weebly.com
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