Writing truthfully

Child reads giant book named Blazing Ahead

Dear Meagan,

What kind words! Like you, I am often inspired by the people I meet. I find them endlessly fascinating. I love it when they tell me what’s happening or what has happened in their lives, because this is rich material for my future stories. I especially like the funny bits.

However, I never write a story about a real person and call that fiction, because everyone deserves privacy, but I do create new characters by combining personality traits of real people I know, and I do make up stories about my characters by mashing together bits and pieces of stories from real people I know. That way, I make up many things so that I can write about the truth!

Thank you so much for your friendship. That is a really precious thing!

Happy reading,

Jessica