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writing from experience

  1. Drew Breezzy profile image72
    Drew Breezzyposted 8 years ago

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

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      L. Andrew Marrposted 8 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 image87
      rebekahELLEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      depends. usually all of the above.

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      Zeke WMposted 8 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 image88
    earnestshubposted 8 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 image79
    TamCorposted 8 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 image82
    lrohnerposted 8 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 image72
      Drew Breezzyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      ahah tiresome teeth too sore to hunt

      so I stopped by the grocery store for lunch

    2. rmcrayne profile image98
      rmcrayneposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Experience and research mostly.

  5. Ladybird33 profile image57
    Ladybird33posted 8 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.

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    annvansposted 8 years ago

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

  7. Jane@CM profile image61
    Jane@CMposted 8 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 image72
      Drew Breezzyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I write poetry. I would love to read them smile

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    dennisemattposted 8 years ago

    its all me. wish i could pretend.

  9. Lisa HW profile image72
    Lisa HWposted 8 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 image86
    livewithrichardposted 8 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 image72
      Lisa HWposted 8 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 8 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 image66
    kmackey32posted 8 years ago

    experience for sure. smile

  13. BrianFanslau profile image60
    BrianFanslauposted 8 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

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    LEWJposted 8 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 image69
    torimariposted 8 years ago

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

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    jesper yeohposted 8 years ago

    i think writing in imagination have more interesting

  17. tiginban profile image57
    tiginbanposted 8 years ago

    I'd imagine, it's experience.

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      LEWJposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Nice play on words...smile

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    ralwusposted 8 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 image87
      rebekahELLEposted 8 years agoin reply to this

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

    2. myownworld profile image79
      myownworldposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      u mean the wrinkles...? wink

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    ralwusposted 8 years ago

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

    1. rebekahELLE profile image87
      rebekahELLEposted 8 years agoin reply to this


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    ralwusposted 8 years ago

    Wrinkles on the man, yes. Hi gorgeous.

    1. myownworld profile image79
      myownworldposted 8 years agoin reply to this

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

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    ralwusposted 8 years ago

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

    1. myownworld profile image79
      myownworldposted 8 years agoin reply to this

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

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    patfulposted 8 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 image89
    wychicposted 8 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.

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    Janettaposted 8 years ago

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

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    Crazdwriterposted 8 years ago

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

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  27. spiritactor profile image57
    spiritactorposted 8 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.

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    LEWJposted 8 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 image69
    SandyMcCollumposted 8 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 image75
    ddsurfscaposted 8 years ago

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

  31. lorlie6 profile image83
    lorlie6posted 8 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.