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Writing fiction about a true event

  1. RGraf profile image84
    RGrafposted 7 years ago

    How much are you putting yourself out for a lawsuit if you write about something that happened to you yet change all the names and a little bit of the events to write a fiction story?  With the way some people are sue happy, if they thought it was them in the story could they sue you?

  2. Marisa Wright profile image92
    Marisa Wrightposted 7 years ago

    They'd have to prove it, which would be hard if you changed it enough.

    1. RGraf profile image84
      RGrafposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      That's what I thought.  Thanks.

  3. rosariomontenegro profile image89
    rosariomontenegroposted 7 years ago

    " ... if you write about something that happened to you yet change all the names and a little bit of the events to write a fiction story ... "

    But that´s what most writers do, to write about something that either happened to themselves or to other people. Writers draw their inspiration from reality mostly.

  4. hoodieweather profile image59
    hoodieweatherposted 7 years ago

    My reality= my inspiration.

    smile

  5. Ron Montgomery profile image60
    Ron Montgomeryposted 7 years ago

    All fiction contains elements of truth.

  6. Hi-Jinks profile image60
    Hi-Jinksposted 7 years ago

    They only sue if you made money.
    Are your people realy that interesting? Then make them MORE SO.
    Change gender, age, color, religion, employeement, state, country.
    Add layers of other problems to these people. Make them more stupid or smart as the story dictates.

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    Your editor will ensure it won't. If he thinks it will, he won't allow it.

  8. lrohner profile image84
    lrohnerposted 7 years ago

    Geez, the whole Law and Order series and its spinoffs wouldn't exist if you couldn't do that! smile  All of their plots are based on actual events.

 
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