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Sunday, March 23, 2014

What Informs Writers?

We always look at novelists and wonder where their book ideas come from and how closely linked, on some level, they are to their subject matter. If writers usually write what they know, don’t they write from experience in some fashion?

On the other hand, murder mysteries aren’t written by murderers or only former cops. Science fiction movies aren’t penned by space aliens and vampire tales aren’t written by superhuman beasts. So where do they draw their inspiration from?

I think writers tap into something- a moment in life, a person they know, an emotion they felt, a state of mind they experienced- in order to really write from an honest perspective. If I’m correct, more authors are more unstable than we realize. 


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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, Media Connect, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2014.


  1. In response to your comment that authors are 'more unstable than we realize' - I'd say we are actually more balanced. As a an author of both fiction and non-fiction, I am very aware that 'I' go into my novels, but I don't consciously write in people I know or my personal experience - what happens (in my case) is that character traits and incidents morph or develop into a fictitious person or event: it's not one single person who becomes a character in one of my novels, it's a type of person as a set of characteristics that blends to form a somebody. The effect of some private life events similarly must remain with me, because I develop that experience, without being consciously aware of it, into a 'scene in a book'. This process of revisiting emotional circumstances, tensions or a confrontation means I'm 'working through' those events and exploring what makes people they way they are. Surely this makes me - as a writer -a more not less balanced person. And what about the self-discipline involved in writing professionally? That is a major part of the writer's craft - being unbalanced won't help the editing process!

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