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Offline EffulgentFirefly

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Writing with limited life experience
« on: December 29, 2017, 01:27:21 AM »
I'm a younger teenager (under 17), and a one that cares more about my writing and video games rather than people my age at that. With both of these combined, it can be difficult to gain life experience, and though some of my writing has managed, there are just some things are hard to write accurately until you've seen it first-hand. So what's the best way to write something you've never experienced, or come close to experiencing? I've got a little while to go before I'll be out in the world and having these things happen to me.
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Re: Writing with limited life experience
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2017, 01:39:59 AM »
That's a pretty tough question to tackle. I think my theatre friend once explained something similar to me once about acting a character type he had no "experience" with.

You can take some experiences you do have, an use your imagination to *censored* the context. In my friend's case, he was playing a heroin-addicted runaway who would sell his body for money or a place to stay for a night. What my friend did is he pulled on the memory of what it's like to be hungry, or to be nervous for something important like a test, and he amplified that. He asked himself how that would affect someone's mind under the stress of poverty, and acted accordingly.

That said, what I think you can take away from this is that you can find a similar, mundane, typical experience and reimagine it under different circumstances to create a "fantasy experience" with which you can draw on for your writing.

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Re: Writing with limited life experience
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 07:33:25 PM »
Thanks! I've always tried really hard to imagine things as best I could, but I guess I forgot about the possibility of this or something. I'll definitely keep it in mind as I keep writing :D
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Re: Writing with limited life experience
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2017, 08:00:28 PM »
Yeah that's pretty close to what I would suggest. Speaking from experience, when I started writing, I was just a kid in some farm town in the middle of nowhere. I had to sort of infer a lot of things. There's no replacement for actual experience of course, but that only comes in time. Can't rush.

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