Don’t cross a writer. If you make them angry enough, they might just include you in their book and give you a horrible death or put you in nasty circumstances that will haunt your nightmares… or something like that, haha.
Have you heard someone say that before? I remember reading something similar the other day, and it made me chuckle for a moment before I realised that, hey, it could happen. Many people pour elements of their own lives in the books they write, so what’s to stop them from incorporating a person they know into their stories and just giving them a gruesome death?
It doesn’t necessarily have to involve killing them, of course. For example, a writer smitten by a person in real life but whose affection isn’t returned may write themselves into a romantic relationship with their object of affection. You could take out revenge on someone who did you wrong, you could win yourself the lottery, you could become a celebrity… the possibilities are truly endless, and there’s no-one to stop you. No-one to prove that any of the characters are in any way related to you. I actually shudder to think of what might’ve happened to the world had writers possessed the ability to turn their words into reality… oh the number of apocalypses we’d have to endure!
Personally however, I prefer not to include elements of my life in my books. I like to keep myself aloof, an outsider… if I write my own situations in a book, I feel I may become biased and force the story to go in a direction it would’ve stayed away from if it weren’t for my intervention. I could take bad events and turn them into what I want, something flowery and happy and also completely unrealistic… and that’s the last thing I want, especially when I try so hard to make sure my stories sound natural enough. I don’t want to be a self-insert.
What’s your take on this? Do you include elements of your life in your stories, or do you prefer to keep fiction and reality separate?