Many genre fiction writers are known for expansive and imaginative world building. For narratives of high adventure, daring deeds, epic romances, and gleefully cruel demises for favourite characters that rip the reader’s heart from their chest! This sounds like your life doesn’t it? Well, maybe not for all of us.
What about pulling narrative from real life? Award-winning autofiction writer Carleigh Baker talks about the challenges and rewards of using lived experience in fiction, including adjustments to structure, voice, and characterization that will maximize narrative potential.