Life is the inspiration of all stories correct? I often hear writers telling each other that, and to step out and enjoy life so we’ll be ready to write. How close to your life does your writing get though? Do you write about the people you overhear at the grocery store? Neighbors? Friends? Your kids, hubby, parents? Yourself?
I know that once you start writing the characters take on their own personality, and are no longer the person from which you developed your idea. But how close to your own life are you willing to go? I know I often write out my emotions. It helps me calm down and deal with things I don’t want to face. But most of those won’t make it into a story. Sometimes they do. But usually I take an emotion that bubbles up and write about that emotion rather than the situation I’m in. While my stories are neither me nor my life they do have aspects of me and my life in them. In some ways everything we write is us, our lives, our hearts, because we live it all while we write it. Yet how often are we writing of things we’ve lived or experienced?
Where do you draw the line between life’s inspirations and your personal life? Is there anywhere you won’t go? And no I don’t want to hear your personal stories, there’s a reason you won’t write them. I’m just wondering if people have found a line they won’t cross and how you knew you shouldn’t go there.