Is it necessary to write based on experience or imagination?

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

  1. Warren1967

    Warren1967 Well-Known Member

    It has to combine both elements to be successful. You need the facts to give your script some facts and honesty. You need the creativity to craft it in such a way that it will entertain your target audience. It's like cooking a good steak. The flavor of the meat will speak for itself. A little salt is enough.
  2. gcm2455

    gcm2455 Member

    A writer must be imaginative and creative. But when he uses his imagination only, he will be missing out a lot and he will be beaten by a person writing from his own experience. A writer with experience will never be at the mercy of a person with presumptions or assumptions only.
  3. wkndroyal

    wkndroyal Member

    I think a writer should write from both imagination and experience. I think a writer's creative abilities come out when stories or content is conceived from the imagination. But those stories can be relatable or captivating if they were somehow referenced to the writer's personal experience.
  4. Treveez

    Treveez Member

    For me
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  5. Jaaypee

    Jaaypee Member

    I think you can combine your experience to your creative imaginations. Most of the films or plays on screen are known because of the writers creativity - and that is human's imagination. Somehow, that is what writers do - they use their experience and mix it on how their creativity works. I see it as a good point because sometimes we don't want to reveal some identity from our or someone's experience. Just a bit of reality can do.
  6. Alzack50

    Alzack50 Member

    I think the write should must inspiring based on their experience or life situation, that you may apply on your writing.
  7. jeda30

    jeda30 Member

    Either way will do. If you had experiences that would give moral lessons to others that is awesome because I do prefer to read books which are based on reality or experiences. Also, if you have creative mind of creating stories that is amazing as well. The best way is you can combine the two, with the experiences you had and adding it with your creative imagination, a story would be very great.
  8. elliethegypsy

    elliethegypsy Member

    I prefer based on experience because it could be relatable for other people who are going to read your work. Well, imagination could also work however, there are some circumstances that others can't get what you're trying to deliver. But if your imagination is limitless, then go for it. It's always up to you on how you can make it believable and worth the read.
  9. yhanmar08

    yhanmar08 Member

    Yes, it was easy to write based on my experienced. So you can shared to the readers what happen, what did you do so that they can get an idea.
    While it is based on your imagination it's just you know if is believable. Because the writer have no experienced in what he or she is writing. It was just a piece of advice to me.
    I am interested in reading if the writer is based on her experienced because i can apply it in my life.

    When imagination writing maybe it's okay if it is not really happening. But if it is about real life, how can you write that without any experienced.
  10. Miah123

    Miah123 New Member

    A combination of both is actually good if you want to write something. Writing based on your experience makes it more relatable to the audience because it is based on reality. Combining it with a few imagination can enhance the creativity of your content. The outcome would be more entertaining and empathizing.
  11. iwisting

    iwisting Member

    I think the two would go quite handy. Writing based on experience and imagination makes one's output unique and novel to the readers. We have the gift of intellect in each of us which makes it really amazing in expressing ourselves because of its firsthand nature.
  12. selectra

    selectra Member

    A combination of both.It doesn't have to be the writer's experience it can be someone else's, combined with the writer's imagination to make a story more interesting
  13. teresac0726

    teresac0726 New Member

    I believe it is best if both play a part in it. With experience, you have that extra umph to it that will really captivate certain people in the audience. But with imagination, you will draw in the others. So with both, you will have entire audience loving it.
  14. joshlem

    joshlem New Member

    Once watched a movie where a Sutu from South Africa was an elder in a Maasai village. Whilst the elder spoke in Sutu it was passed off as one language. If you are not from Africa it’s hard to see the absurdity, i would imagine that people from here in Canada thought that it was the same language. This brings proves that experience is good, it brings out context.
  15. younglungu

    younglungu Member

  16. Ruelene18

    Ruelene18 Member

    I think the two are very closely linked. Every great author has a combination of great experiences and imagination. However, there is one caveat I must call out. Reading or consuming content in any form (including watching TV and movies) counts as experience too. Many authors read prolifically but never went anywhere or did much outside their personal lives and still went on to write amazing books. Their 'experience' came from all the books they read.

    So yes, for me, both experience and imagination are a must. That's why I have lived my life and created my worlds. And that's what I would recommend for everyone else.
  17. shigitau

    shigitau New Member

    I FIND EXPERIENCE to have more depth and relation since you actually get to put yourself in the shoe of the writer..However imagination gives you an idea of what goes on in the writers mind which is quite interesting as well..I always wonder how or why would someone even think of such a thing,,ever watched a horror movie and wonder whats up with whoever wrote that?like seriously
  18. kellymaxton

    kellymaxton New Member

    Both are crucial. You need to have a balance, depending on your stance & subject of writing. The biggest thing, whether writing from experience of imagination, is to connect & relate to your audience. Just because you may not have experienced something first hand doesn't mean you cant accurately imagine what it would be like, from a third party's perspective at least.
  19. Thesease

    Thesease Member

    I agree with kellymaxton. You need a mixture of both.

    Writing based on your experience can make you establish the whole plot of your whole story. An example of this would be something like: I was watching a movie on my coach and someone knock at the door. It was the delivery man, sending me the pizza I've ordered.

    Writing with your imagination can make your already established plot be a lot more interesting. Let's try the example earlier: I was watching a movie on my coach and someone knock at the door. It was the delivery man, sending me the pizza I've ordered. But, he also sent another message from Dr. Octogonapus, my arch nemesis. He raised his gun and tried to shot me. I slammed the door before he can do so, and I exited the house through the window....

    I don't know if that is a good example, but I hope you got the point.
  20. Mollywrites

    Mollywrites New Member

    If you're not writing based on imagination or experience, what is your writing based o ? Writing is a form of storytelling and you could use both to inform your writing styles. That's why we have a variety of genres.
  21. alvenjohn

    alvenjohn New Member

    For me, Experience and Imagination are necessary and can be considered as the fuels in writing.

    If you want to write based on recent events that you have gone through, you basically take the Experience fuel and start your writing engine. Now, you start to talk about the things you have literally experienced, in detail as much as possible. Just like writing your own biography, you take into account the interesting things that you've experienced and I'm sure those that will be reading it, would also be interested.

    If you want to write fiction stories and other material, then you take the Imagination fuel and start you writing engine.
    Unlike writing based on Experience, writing based on Imagination will be endless. You will be the creator of your own universe. The stories you make will be epic if you want them to. It will only require you a wild imagination to produce a great output.

    Mixing Experience and Imagination works good as well. Those two can bring you a long way if you use them well.
  22. einzzzyy

    einzzzyy New Member

    It is not necessary to just write what you have experience. For me, Experience is already enough to let you fall down and get hurt, Why not let yourself write something that heals what inside you. Writing based on your imagination gives you a different vibes and it somehow comforts you. Not all people have a good experiences in life and somehow deep in your heart you wanted to forget that experience, and in order for you to escape on that experiences, You comforts yourself into writing something you wanted to happen or at least by imagination. It somehow bring the smile on your face once again.

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