Is it necessary to write based on experience or imagination?

Discussion in 'Writing for Stage and Screen' started by Chippo, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. Chippo

    Chippo New Member

    When it comes to stage or screen writing, I prefer it be done based on one's experience. Reason is that when you write based on what you've experienced, you'll definitely have vast realistic info to deliver to your audience. There's no doubt your write up will stand out from an imaginative write up. When you are being imaginative, you make use of idealism other than realism. That doesn't mean your write up wouldn't be informative though, but the difference is absolutely clear. So, what's your say on that?
  2. yosleve

    yosleve New Member

    A straight forward answer is to ask within the writer what is the purpose to write..if that question is answered then, the decision to write either by experience or imagining is answered.. Most passionate write ups are writing from experiences by its authors.
  3. writeside1

    writeside1 Member

    It is rightly said that experience is the best teacher. Experience is a proper lesson learnt in the way of passing phases in life of humans. That is why it becomes necessary to write based upon experience rather than imagination for a person.
  4. anchoreztin

    anchoreztin New Member

    It is not necessary to write based on your experience. But it maybe helpful if you have a background knowledge about the topic you are about to put into writing so that eventhough you are writing may it be for a stage play, a book or script, everything can be relatable and understandable. For example, of you are to write a love story for a short story and you have never been into a relationship, can we say that you are not allowed to write a love story? How about of you want to write a book on crimes and justice? Do you have to kill a person so that you can write a book on killings? Put it in this way, J. K. Rowling was able to write the Harry Potter Series, does that make her a witch?
    Clearly, one does not need experience in order to beautifully write. One must have a very vast and artistic imagination in order for him to craft a well written book or script or piece. And in order for the piece to work, one can also incorporate, research and further studies to make his work, idealistic or realistic.
  5. judie_rose

    judie_rose New Member

    It is an advantage to write based on experience as you already have prepared guides for the beginning, middle, ending, conflicts and characters for your story. Of course, using imagination as well to further enhance your writing can improve your story.

    There are also instances when writing based on imagination alone provides for fresh perspective on popular topics such as love, family, death.

    Other than writing based on experience and imagination, constantly writing--even if you don't feel like writing is a good habit to improve your writing skills.
  6. Inputss

    Inputss New Member

    It depends to the writer and the demands of the story. It gives firm bases or foundation to a story if imagination and experience of the writer used fairly.
  7. naililmuna

    naililmuna New Member

    whether you write based on experience or imagination, both need deep study on story material as well as on plot and story structure. You can write also from some people experience on the same subject. Or you can even write from some people opinion on certain topics, then write down fiction story from their insights. Anything, you will surely need to study your material and craft your story. On written form, the script has to be plausible, congruent, holistic to create a world. Your script will be read by so many people before it goes to production. So make sure, they got the point of the story and can enjoy your story. Apart from whether a story best come from experience or imagination, every story (no matter how many pages written or how long it will be staged/screened), the story came from one single line of proposition. A proposition is the heart of a story. It will likely a point asked by panelist when you pitch your stage or screen project.
  8. jessica13e

    jessica13e New Member

    Well said. I do agree that there can be a lot of passion in experiential writing. But I also feel that there are those with such depth in their imagination that their stories can have layers and intricacies beyond the constraints of the physical reality.

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