writing from experience

Jump to Last Post 1-31 of 31 discussions (44 posts)
  1. Drew Breezzy profile image62
    Drew Breezzyposted 13 years ago

    When writing are you ideas from experience , imagination, or a combination of both?

    1. profile image0
      L. Andrew Marrposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Both. Also, it depends on what I am writing. Often a friend spurs me off or sparks my imagination which could count as experience and imagination. My serious poetry comes from experience, my not so serious (lyrical poetry) from imagination. It pretty much depends on my mood.

    2. rebekahELLE profile image84
      rebekahELLEposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      depends. usually all of the above.

    3. profile image57
      Zeke WMposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      My style is heavily based off of imagination and humor, although it is not evident in my hubs.

  2. earnestshub profile image84
    earnestshubposted 13 years ago

    A combination. I like to write some authentic experiences and stories from my life, some from imagination, and commercial hubs by researching keywords.

  3. TamCor profile image80
    TamCorposted 13 years ago

    For me, it's writing from experience...still working on the "imagination" area, lol...my husband has that one down pat, though! big_smile

  4. lrohner profile image68
    lrohnerposted 13 years ago

    I'm usually too tired to give my imagination any freedom, so mine are pretty much from either experience or research.

    1. Drew Breezzy profile image62
      Drew Breezzyposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      ahah tiresome teeth too sore to hunt

      so I stopped by the grocery store for lunch

    2. rmcrayne profile image93
      rmcrayneposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Experience and research mostly.

  5. Ladybird33 profile image70
    Ladybird33posted 13 years ago

    Both, I try to use experience more than imagination however, both do partake smile  I do lots of research too, I think that is my favorite part.

  6. profile image0
    annvansposted 13 years ago

    Most are experience.  Do not know if I can put an effort into the imagination thing right now.

  7. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 13 years ago

    Mostly experience.  I've started to research of few subjects.  I've yet to publish any of my poems.

    1. Drew Breezzy profile image62
      Drew Breezzyposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I write poetry. I would love to read them smile

  8. profile image0
    dennisemattposted 13 years ago

    its all me. wish i could pretend.

  9. Lisa HW profile image62
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    I don't have any imagination.  Mine are all either from experience, assimilated knowledge from different research in the past, or research.

  10. livewithrichard profile image74
    livewithrichardposted 13 years ago

    I write from my own experiences and try to put it in a voice I think appropriate for my targetted audience.  I'm a screenwriter too and have many voices..lol

    1. Lisa HW profile image62
      Lisa HWposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I only have one voice - and at this point I'm sick of hearing it drone on in my own head.   roll

  11. Valerie F profile image59
    Valerie Fposted 13 years ago

    Definitely both. Sometimes an experience of mine or of someone else I know finds its way into one of my stories or inspires a work entirely its own. On the other hand, the needs of a story and the research I need to do to see how I can make an idea work inspires some experience.

  12. kmackey32 profile image63
    kmackey32posted 13 years ago

    experience for sure. smile

  13. BrianFanslau profile image61
    BrianFanslauposted 13 years ago

    I only write from experience really since my mind works in that way but I combine my imagination as well when giving analogies to the topic

  14. profile image0
    LEWJposted 13 years ago

    Used to be 90% imagination, 10% experience.
    Then it became 90% experience, 10% imagination
    Now it's about 95% experience, 5% imagination

  15. torimari profile image70
    torimariposted 13 years ago

    A lot from both. Maybe a little more from imagination...yet that is influenced from interests that were inspired by things experienced.

  16. profile image50
    jesper yeohposted 13 years ago

    i think writing in imagination have more interesting

  17. tiginban profile image60
    tiginbanposted 13 years ago

    I'd imagine, it's experience.

    1. profile image0
      LEWJposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Nice play on words...smile

  18. profile image0
    ralwusposted 13 years ago

    A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction. I tend to liken much of my writing to a woman's face.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image84
      rebekahELLEposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      a woman's face is a work of fiction.. meaning??? hmm

    2. myownworld profile image75
      myownworldposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      u mean the wrinkles...? wink

  19. profile image0
    ralwusposted 13 years ago

    I knew I was going to be asked that. LOL it's  made up. wink

    1. rebekahELLE profile image84
      rebekahELLEposted 13 years agoin reply to this


  20. profile image0
    ralwusposted 13 years ago

    Wrinkles on the man, yes. Hi gorgeous.

    1. myownworld profile image75
      myownworldposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      ah...ral...always charming....smile

  21. profile image0
    ralwusposted 13 years ago

    I getting out of here while the gettin's good, that rebekah is givin' me that look. LOL

    1. myownworld profile image75
      myownworldposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      well..u win some...u lose some...wink

  22. patful profile image59
    patfulposted 13 years ago

    "Writing" comes in different sizes and shapes. If it's poetry, then there's imagination, blended with experience, into an entirely fresh combination of words placed in a rhythmical form.
    If it's a play or a novel, again that can be a combination of experience and imagination. The characters may resemble people you have know (or know now). But your imagination can start with your experience-based concept and take that character in a new direction.If it's nonfiction--an article or an opinion essay--experience will probably play a heavy role, but you use imagination in finding a creative way to get attention for the ideas. Most of my writing recently has been non-fiction (journalism)--which depends on experience and research. I've played a bit at writing some short stories--nothing published--and those are based on experience, mixed with imagination.

  23. wychic profile image84
    wychicposted 13 years ago

    My writing is always an amalgam of experience, research, imagination, and stories gleaned from others. These stories could be people I know, news stories, something that caught my eye in my research, legends...pretty much anything, I like to incorporate it all. The limits on our writing are all self-inflicted.

  24. profile image0
    Janettaposted 13 years ago

    probably a little of both but the real life stuff can be harder to write sometimes.

  25. profile image0
    Crazdwriterposted 13 years ago

    I write mostly from imagination but some of it does come from experience when writing hubs. Stories are 100% imagination.

  26. manlypoetryman profile image79
    manlypoetrymanposted 13 years ago


  27. spiritactor profile image61
    spiritactorposted 13 years ago

    In my view, imagination and experience are inseparable. Our experience is effected by our imagination, just as memories are-- even just a little bit. Two people can witness an event and give entirely polar opposite accounts of that same event.
    I feel it depends on your need to write to begin with as to which you give greater credence to.
    Writing should be an open expression and, depending on what effect you want it to have, which well it draws from the most is dependent on how you want the writing to be perceived-- as fact or fiction. Actual facts can give credence to a fictional piece-- but the opposite should not be true, by content.
    Imagination is crucial to any form of writing, though. Those who say they have no imagination should check their pulse.
    The choice is yours.

  28. profile image0
    LEWJposted 13 years ago

    A nonfiction article might be written solely from accumulated experience, a poem from one or both; so the balance of imagination and experience in writing kinda depends on what you're writing about I suppose.

  29. SandyMcCollum profile image64
    SandyMcCollumposted 13 years ago

    I'm not good at fiction, so imagination only comes in when choosing a place to write it or a  photo to go with it, or a piece of clickart. Wow. I just realized I need to play more.

  30. ddsurfsca profile image71
    ddsurfscaposted 13 years ago

    mine is purely experience, the only fiction comes in when my memory fails me.

  31. lorlie6 profile image74
    lorlie6posted 13 years ago

    I love what ddsurfsca said, and very much agree!  I believe what I write would be considered memoir writing, or some such label.  I'm comfortable with what I know.  And have believed to be true.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)