One day I went to lunch (there's a shocker) with my husband and his former boss. Now that lady has some stories. And not the "ha ha!" kind. More like the, "You've got to be kidding me" kind.
So I said that.
And she replied, "I'm not kidding. You can't make this stuff up."
So I know you know where I'm going with this. Writer-Elana reared her
And she realized: Good fiction has roots in real life.
Sure, I write mostly speculative fiction, which includes fantastical elements and cool powers. But ultimately, I try to make my characters real. Experience real life in their own way, their own world. And I found that including aspects of people I know, stories I've heard, etc. is a great way to do that.
Because you can't make this stuff up.
What do you think? Do you include real life situations in your fiction writing? Have you noticed it being more authentic when you do?