Keeping It Real
Posted Thursday, October 24, 2019 07:34 AM

Back in the dark ages, when I first began writing, I sometimes had difficulties fictionalizing periods of my life around which I wanted to build a story. Turning fact into fiction was not something I was familiar with, and hence became a stumbling block of sorts.

Fellow writers advised me to “let it rest,” that maybe I was still too close to the subject matter. The accompanying emotions were still too tender to attempt to write about, they said.

This was confusing: on one hand I was being encouraged to allow the emotional content to age, to cool. On the other, I was learning that to properly write an effective block of prose, I needed to capture the feelings while they were still fresh in my mind and hot in my experience.

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Frank Walters (Clark)