Last week, a friend asked me, “You know what I don’t get? How do you remember all that stuff to put in your story? All those facts?”
She was specifically talking about the fan fiction that I’ve been writing and she’s been reading, which involves a real person and therefore, contains a few facts of said real person’s life and career within the story.
“It’s probably displacing something important,” I replied. In my case, anything I stuff my brain with during a project is displacing math.
But I’ve been thinking about this–and then I came across the above pretty quote because it’s really true, isn’t it? Writers steals things from life, from other people, from books, movies, TV, and whatever else and it gets folded, reshaped, recorded, and shaded into our stories.
It’s one of those brain mysteries, because while I feel like I don’t remember a lot of things about my characters or the setting or something, when I’m really in the zone with a story, I’m pulling all kinds of things out of the subconscious.
I’m also pulling a lot of things out of random websites, Google, Google Maps, and Wikipedia.
But it’s a lot more romantic to say that it’s pouring forth from my subconscious.
So. What kind of random things do you all find popping up in your stories?