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caitlinm

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    Aspects of a Writer's Life in Fictional Work

    To what extent do you think a writer’s experience (life, personal, certain events) shapes their fictional work? I always like to ponder what aspects of a fictional piece is relatable or true to the author. Of course their are many reasons that shape an authors work, whether it be inspiration from other pieces of work, a dream which has expanded into a novel, or just a thought that popped into their head. If you write fictional pieces, can you see pieces of your life experience sewed into them?

    • I think this is a fundamental truth in fiction writing. No matter how detached the author is from the character/situation there will always be some residue of the authors experiences and life choices that subconsciously find their way into the work. – ReidaBookman 3 years ago
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    • I think this connection is sort of inevitable in any writing. This is why the separation of art and artist can be so difficult for some. In the same way, I think many writers, (including myself) use writing as a form of personal therapy. – wcbraymen 3 years ago
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    • It depends on the topic of fiction, but ultimately writers can attach themselves to the characters, the story line, the setting and the morals of the fictional work, especially if they are writing in a form that is appealing and truthful to themselves, consciously and subconsciously. – HollyDavidson 3 years ago
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    • Love this topic. I find it hard to write anything fictional without relating it back to my life and experiences in some way. I don't believe an author can truly be 100% detached from anything they write, and if they are, there's no magic. – CarliStas 3 years ago
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    caitlinm

    Wow, I can relate to this tremendously! Writing can sometimes be painful, and this can sometimes put one off into thinking “why do I write in the first place?”. But writing is something I yearn to do. Once you get into physically writing, all the doubts seem to float away.
    Great article, Jenny!

    A Writer's Essential Steps to Staying Motivated
    caitlinm

    An extremely interesting article, Nicole. The aura felt in Mann’s photographs complements the purity and simplicity of childhood, and I believe she captures this exceptionally. I do agree however, that her intent is not always seen by adults, and that their interpretation is what may cause controversy.

    The Controversial Art of Sally Mann
    caitlinm

    A sensitive topic well handled, and your points were very interesting. Though I found the words of Eleanor Barkhorn quite harsh at first, I do agree that pregnancies in television shows are often carried on, even when abortion is considered, to create more material. A good read, Marcie!

    How TV Depicts Abortion: From Maude to Miranda
    caitlinm

    There are so many points in this article that I agree and relate to! As an undergraduate student studying writing, I have learnt how to write – that is, the aspects of writing to make my work clear and improved. Thus, I do agree that you can teach someone to be a writer, but only to a certain extent. What that extent is is different for each person; “writing is neither black nor white” is a perfect way to describe writing!

    Can you Teach Someone how to Become a Writer?
    caitlinm

    I definitely agree that the root of what contributed to their obesity should be acknowledged and explored further with a psychologist earlier on in the episode. Changing their unhealthy diet and lifestyle to a more healthier one doesn’t mean the problem is fixed.

    'My 600-Lb Life': Dead Weight TLC Should Shed?