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1,001 Real-Life Questions = 1 very neurotic fictional character

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Day 9 writing prompt:

If your book is fiction, how could you change it to make it a nonfiction book? If your book is nonfiction, what could you do to turn it into a story?

I wrote this brilliant question, so now I’ve got to do what I asked all the others to do and answer it. Unlike some of the folks who struggled with the idea of turning fiction into nonfiction (simple research about fairies, monsters, vampires, etc. would have made the most sense to me), this one seems particularly challenging because mine is a nonfiction book that covers virtually every scenario under the sun that an American woman could find herself facing.

Questions in the book range from funny to thought-provoking to scatological. Here are a few examples:

  • If you had to choose between life without TV or life without music, which would you give up? Why?
  • Is your fashion sense more peasant or Prada?
  • Do you ever snoop when you are a guest in someone else’s home? Have you ever found/discovered anything surprising? Are you a privacy freak? Do you worry that others will snoop when they visit your home?
  • Are you afraid of the dark? Heights? Enclosed spaces? Open spaces? Spiders? Snakes? Clowns?

And my personal all-time favorite question:

  • Have you ever called the object of your desire and hung up? Secretly driven by his job/home? Since you were 16?

So I suppose the best way to turn this book into fiction would be to create a VERY neurotic character who experienced every question at some point during the book. Wow – what a wicked bizarre life that poor woman would have! I suppose we could make her a little more stable by parceling out the oddities to her friends, family members, coworkers, and annoying boss – which is, in large part, where the questions came from in the first place. I certainly didn’t experience all of them!

I rather like the idea of having a fictional alterego who could go to some of the places I was willing to explore hypothetically but have never dived into in real life. Hmmm … screenplay fodder. I’ll have to put it on the back burner to let it simmer awhile.




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