The old adage is to write what you know. Obviously, I have never lived in a small kingdom where witchcraft and broadswords are the norm. Quite frankly, not sure I would want to. I like my computer, television, MICROWAVE, COFFEE POT, etc. etc.
But the fantasy genre is about so much more. You have to peel back the layers, magic included, and a lot of people don’t get that. That’s ok. They don’t have to “get” my writing. Just like I don’t “get” Dickens. It’s ok.
But is it ok to take something obscenely personal and splash it across the page? I normally don’t have a problem with this issue. If there’s something that I feel is too personal, I keep it that way. But when it comes to Ray, a lot of times I’ve written about the struggles. The joy too, but the struggles are out there in the open.
So. I was writing that scene the other day (the one where the potential villain became an ally and is going to require the entire beginning of the book? Yah. That one). SO the argument that roils around them, that has such power, is about her son. It doesn’t take a genius, here folks.
So. Do I go ahead and write the story that is exploding across the page? Personally, I don’t find the heroine’s views towards her son as anything other than normal: fiercely protective, loving, lioness… That the son is seen as something other than normal is by *other* people, not her. To her, he is the precious jewel to be protected against theives in the night.
Obviously, there are differences. There has to be, given the settings that I’ve chosen. And the story isn’t really about him: it’s about her struggle to first get him somewhere where he will be accepted, then to accept what fate has dealt not only for him but for herself.
Wow. Yah, there could not possibly be anything of truth in that. Anything that I might know first hand.
So. Is it fact dressed up as fiction? Or is it fiction? Does it matter? If the power of the words is there… And not written in a manner that is meant to harm, but to work it out across the page…
Does it matter if it is fact or fiction?