on Writers Helping Writers:
The memoir section in any book shop is made of writers who have done outlandish, shocking or terrible things (or had them done to them). These books are popular because those writers are the exception, rather than the standard.
Whilst it’s said real life is ‘stranger than fiction’, the reality is most of us have pretty straightforward lives. Some may even declare their own lives ‘boring’.
So how can we use real life to inspire our fiction? It turns out there’s plenty of ways … Check these out for size.