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August 3, 2009: Novelographies, Or Thinly Veiled Memoirs, open chat 1

The transcript below covers the complete #litchat conversation on August 3, 2009. The order appears sequentially from the first post to the final post. Topic was open discussion: Novelography, Or Thinly Veiled Memoir.

LitChat Welcome to #litchat. We’re discussing novels that are autobiographical in nature. Join us and introduce yourself. -1:01 PM
LitChat If you have a question for the chat, please send it to @LitChat w/o hashtag and I’ll post to group in order. #litchat -1:03 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bookladysblog Good afternoon, all! Looking forward to an interesting discussion. #litchat -1:05 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana Jumping in while making tea. Not even the awesome litchat can keep this Brit from her cuppa. #litchat -1:05 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @hprw It’s time for #LITCHAT. You coming or slacking off? -1:06 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
LitChat Q1 When you read novels, do you ever wonder if any elements are drawn from the author’s life? #litchat -1:06 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler I’m lurking. Trying to do a bit of research at the same time. #litchat -1:06 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bookladysblog @LitChat Q1 I think there’s always something of the author in works of fiction, and I enjoy wondering which bits are real. #litchat -1:07 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
erin_braincandy Q1 Usually not, unless I’ve read elsewhere (even in the blurb or bio) that there may be an element of reality #litchat -1:08 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
TwinkleChar If the author has done a great job of “taking me away,” I don’t think about them at all. #litchat -1:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @litchat feel free to ignore my question, sent under cover of darkness just now! It see it’s been asked already. #litchat -1:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
LitChat @BrooksSigler Great to see you here, Brooks. Sorry for the mix-up on dates for Indie Pub Showcase. #litchat -1:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog damn, forgot to say #litchat -1:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @LitChat Q1: Sometimes it’s obvious when a book is semiautobiographical. Other times if I get that vibe, I will google author. #litchat -1:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 @BrooksSigler Also lurking…and sending review copies… #litchat -1:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Karen_Palmer Hi everyone. Q1. I do wonder, at aleast a bit. Perhaps bc, as a novelist, I know exactly how much of me is in every book. #litchat -1:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bookladysblog Q1 Depends on how realistic plot is. Character-driven books focusing on family/relationships make me wonder more than plot-driven. #litchat -1:10 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog just read a book that’s a sequel to the author’s first semi-autobiographical. this 1 is supposed to be all fic but i wonder #litchat -1:10 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler @LitChat #litchat No worries! I’m around today anyway. -1:10 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
VanessaDobbs hi everybody .Sorry am late #litchat -1:10 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 @pussreboots ahhh the wonders of Google and Wiki….have they ruined the mystery? #litchat -1:10 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog here’s the review of it http://bibliofreakblog.com #litchat -1:11 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 @BrooksSigler I wondered that about you when I read your book the first time #litchat -1:11 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler Q1 People asked me what was true about my first book. Sure, there is a little bit of an autobiographical element there. #litchat -1:11 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
krisriggle Diving in for five seconds. I’m always asked if my first novel is autobiographical. Answer? No. Not in the obvious ways. #litchat -1:11 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Joe_Wallace Mine’s an exception: It’s set in the 1920s RT @maggiedana: @litchat Q: Aren’t most first novels generally autobiographical? #litchat -1:12 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
latta #litchat i try not to let provenance distract while actively reading, but when ripping apart ltr in analysis, do think abt it. q1 -1:12 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler @corb21 I have other issues, but I am not a kleptomaniac. #litchat -1:12 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @krisriggle LOL! Your protag’s 60! Wee bit older than you last time I looked! #litchat -1:13 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog i don’t think i’m creative enough NOT to use some elements from my or my family’s lives. #litchat -1:13 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
TwinkleChar @Karen_Palmer I often have no idea how much of me is in a book.Sometimes I see no conn and five years after book releases go, huh. #litchat -1:13 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Karen_Palmer My first was set in 1950s New Orleans — before I was born. Not identifiably autobiographical at all. And yet … #litchat -1:13 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KaylieJones #litchat I forgot how to join the conversation…I’m Twitterly challenged. -1:13 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler @latta That’s a good point. When reading, I don’t think about it, but if I have to do an analysis? Yes, I consider what’s real. #litchat -1:14 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bookladysblog Don’t always want to know. If char. has weird sexual habits/hang-ups (like many of John Irving’s), I’d rather not know what’s real #litchat -1:14 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant Readers often assume that the author must be writing their own life, b/c I think that’s what they would do. #litchat -1:14 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @Karen_Palmer Yes. Me too. I sprinkle in a bit of myself in each character, even the dark ones. #litchat -1:14 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana With their permision, I used several good friends as models for characters in Beachcombing. #litchat -1:14 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
househomeauthor Also diving in. The emotion in my novels is autobiographical; the plot and characters not at all. #litchat -1:14 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 @BrooksSigler you do sometimes carry a big purse…. and the schoolgirl bit is true. #litchat -1:14 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant How often do authors hear “my life would make a great story” from a reader at an event? #litchat -1:14 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler @KaylieJones Go to http://www.tweetchat.com. Log in as you would for Twitter. Put in litchat as the chat you would like to join. #litchat -1:15 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
LitChat @KaylieJones Use Twitter search or www.tweetchat.com to follow dedicated feed. #litchat -1:15 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
LisaRomeo Yes, I think most 1st novels ARE autobiographical, but 1st pub novel might not be 1st written – that one may be in the drawer. #litchat -1:15 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
LitChat RT @nicholebernier: @LitChat yes, especially debut novels: because “write what you know.” #litchat -1:15 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 I think no matter what genre, there’s always a piece of the author in there somewhere. #litchat -1:15 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
TwinkleChar @househomeauthor Good one and exactly. #litchat -1:15 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant And while authors must and should use their own experiences to inform characters and behavior,that doesn’t mean it needs to be bio #litchat -1:16 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler @corb21 Now, if I could just learn to talk softly and carry a big purse . . . #litchat -1:16 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana An agent I queried for a novel on adoption was convinced I was a birthmother, venting. Am not, but try telling her that. #litchat -1:16 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 @jenniebentley would you like to join #litchat?? It’s fun and we’re talking about the autobiographical nature of novels… -1:16 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Karen_Palmer Wonder how much of Highsmith was in Ripley. #litchat -1:16 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog I think sometimes without realizing it, authors use facets of their own personalities–likes, dislikes, etc.–2 create characters #litchat -1:16 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KaylieJones Wow, thanks. That was not so hard #litchat #litchat -1:17 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
LitChat RT @Biggiemike Hello I’m Mike from Cali. I have screenplay/novel about only woman to pitch in american pro mens baseball . True 2 #litchat -1:17 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
CyrusWebb RT @LitChat RT @nicholebernier: @LitChat yes, especially debut novels: because “write what you know.” #litchat #literacy -1:17 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant Our first novel was about fashion b/c it was the business we were in, but autobiography is hard when there are 2 authors #litchat -1:17 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 @maggiedana I think most authors do that (though not ness w.permi) David Sedaris is known for mocking strangers in his pieces. #litchat -1:17 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana We’re humans who write. Of course bits of us are in our novels. We’d be robots if that wasn’t the case. #litchat -1:17 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Joe_Wallace My novel has a teenage girl as the protagonist…but of course there are aspects of real people in her character and others. #litchat -1:18 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
househomeauthor For me, it’s fun creating a character who may be similar to me, but who does and says things I would NEVER say or do. #litchat -1:18 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 @biggiemike sounds interesting…how much of that is autobiographical? #litchat -1:18 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Joe_Wallace Yup. RT @maggiedana: We’re humans who write. Of course bits of us are in our novels. We’d be robots if that wasn’t the case. #litchat -1:18 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @bibliofreakblog absolutely. It creates genuine action/reaction #litchat -1:18 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana It’s a wonder novelists have any friends at all. I bet mine are now looking over their shoulders. #litchat -1:18 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
inkyelbows #litchat is happening right NOW. Tips for those new to writer chats: http://bit.ly/writerchats -1:19 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 @Joe_Wallace nice anology #litchat -1:19 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KaylieJones @deberryandgrant Did you take elements from both your experiences? #litchat -1:19 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
househomeauthor I think it’s very hard for readers to believe novels are not all semi-autobiographical. #litchat -1:19 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 oops…wasn’t done… stepping out of your comfort zone with characters… bringing readers to new places… #litchat -1:19 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog @deberryandgrant write about what you know, right? #litchat -1:20 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
LisaRomeo I wonder if published memoirists who then go on to write novels are also thought to write “autobiographically” in fiction? #litchat -1:20 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana Maybe women should write from male POV and vice versa. Then nobody would ask, “Is this YOU?” #litchat -1:20 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KCBOOKS I am going to follow #litchat until my mood improves. -1:20 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @KaylieJones Yes, we have very different backgrounds, childhoods etc., so we have 2 different points of view. Helps with characters #litchat -1:20 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bookladysblog @househomeauthor I tend to wonder about authenticity of emotion more than autobiog nature of plot points. #litchat -1:20 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 @maggiedana Hey, it’s their five minutes of fame…remember Chaucer, Cantebury Tales?? Incentive for friends to be nicer to you… #litchat -1:20 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler I took lines from conversations I overheard or in which I was a participant. They were too good to pass up . . . #litchat -1:21 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
GinaRitter RT @inkyelbows: #litchat is happening right NOW. Tips for those new to writer chats: http://bit.ly/writerchats -1:21 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
TwinkleChar Friends often say, “Watch out around her or you’ll be in a novel.” We all think we’re more interesting than is true. πŸ™‚ #litchat -1:21 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @househomeauthor Our first novel was about a Swedish American fashion photographer. Something neither of us was! #litchat -1:21 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Karen_Palmer @maggiedana There are male protags in both novels. But people will still assume. #litchat -1:22 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @corb21 In Chaucer’s time, being nice to friends was only way to stay alive. He hung out in royal circles. They beheaded friends. #litchat -1:22 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 RT @inkyelbows: #litchat is happening right NOW. Tips for those new to writer chats: http://bit.ly/writerchats #litchat -1:22 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @bookladysblog @househomeautho And that’s where the author’s experience is invaluable. Giving characters emotion from your own exp #litchat -1:22 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KaylieJones @LisaRomeo I’m a novelist who wrote a memoir. But novels are my love. But this one had to be told that way–can’t hide, though! #litchat -1:23 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
HollyWoodward @MikeAngley She’s at a live twitter chat group of interesting writers. Type this to view: #litchat -1:23 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 @maggiedana I was reffering to the folks who were mean to him and unfair and such…they turned up with boils in the Tales… #litchat -1:23 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
pitchparlour @maggiedana Few can do it well though. Louise Welsh, for one, but who else? #litchat -1:24 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @deberryandgrant I believe it’s also observance. Learning from the environment and producing a work of it. #litchat -1:24 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @Karen_Palmer Readers still ask “which 1 of you is Pat & which is Gayle?” (Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made) ans: neither&both #litchat -1:24 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
LitChat Q2 Why do authors choose to mask their story behind a veil of fiction, rather than reveal it in memoir? #litchat -1:24 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
HollyWoodward @KaylieJones In this you get to tell truths no one would believe in fiction. #litchat -1:24 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KaylieJones @TwinkleChar Very funny! I had a boyfriend once who made me swear not to use him in a novel…I refused to swear & used him anyway. #litchat -1:24 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KaylieJones @LitChat I sometimes hid behind fiction. I was scared of my mother and her reactions to my work. #litchat -1:25 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @corb21 Boils and pestilence. The Black Death. Wonder how many vengeful authors now will bestow swine flu for same reason. #litchat -1:25 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @mciddangelo Yes. Am a great eavesdropper, and the video camera in my brain is always on… #litchat -1:25 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
househomeauthor RT @deberryandgrant That’s where the author’s experience is invaluable. Giving characters emotion from your own experience. #litchat -1:25 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler @LitChat Q2 One can exaggerate and make the point more intently. It is also hard to reveal the full truth. #litchat -1:25 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Iwhodareswins RT @LitChat: Q2 Why do authors mask story behind fiction, rather than in memoir? #litchat Bcause most lives aren’t that interesting -1:26 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @LitChat Q2: Maybe because we’re told memoirs are a tough sell. #litchat -1:26 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
HollyWoodward @maggiedana I think a lot of favorite songs were written by one sex, sung by another, and they sound groundbreaking, like “Respect” #litchat -1:26 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
househomeauthor A friend congratulated my hubby on lusty sex life b/c of married couple in my novel. He said “What now? I can’t say it’s fiction!” #litchat -1:27 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @LitChat In fiction you can make up a more interesting life for yourself! And one that follows narrative conventions. #litchat -1:27 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
debbieohi Q2 Why do authors mask story behind fiction, rather than in memoir? — To avoid litigation. πŸ™‚ #litchat -1:27 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
TomBorthwick RT @LitChat: Q2 Why do authors mask story behind fiction, rather than in memoir? #litchat Paraphrasing @KaylieJones “Fiction is all true.” -1:27 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler @viviennemorgain The recurrent themes from book to book also speak volumes, I think, for particular authors. #litchat -1:27 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @Iwhodareswins Q2 You’re right. Most lives aren’t, though there are plenty who think theirs is the exception. #litchat -1:27 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass My WIP draws largely from my life, but swings far away when it comes to creating an exciting plot. #litchat -1:27 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bookladysblog Q2 Because certain scenes from a life can inspire a whole story, even when the real life story isn’t terribly interesting? #litchat -1:28 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @Iwhodareswins and I can agree with that! #litchat -1:28 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler @househomeauthor LOL! Your husband gained a reputation. #litchat -1:28 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BenRubinstein @LitChat Some of us have fascinating, compelling lives. Some of us write fiction. #litchat -1:28 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @househomeauthor One of the better benefits of writing fiction? #litchat -1:28 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Chrisbookarama @LitChat To protect the innocent? #litchat -1:28 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler @househomeauthor My family sat around one holiday I wasn’t home and tried to figure out which relative was which characters. #litchat -1:28 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
househomeauthor RT @LitChat: Q2 Why do authors mask story behind fiction? #litchat B/c fictional characters can do things one would never do in real life. -1:29 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog regarding Q2: because there’s some things I still don’t want my mom to know that I did. #litchat -1:29 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
amgamble RT @maggiedana: Maybe women should write from male POV and vice versa. Then nobody would ask, “Is this YOU?” #litchat ~~They would still ask -1:29 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 @maggiedana hahaha #litchat -1:29 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @BenRubinstein And the two are neither synonymous or mutually exclusive #litchat -1:29 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
debbieohi RT @BenRubinstein: Some of us have fascinating, compelling lives. Some of us write fiction. – LOL #litchat -1:29 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bookladysblog Q2 Am not writer but imagine revealing the whole truth would be rather frightening. #litchat -1:29 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler @BenRubinstein I’m a legend in my own mind. #litchat -1:29 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @corb21 Not for me. They have enhanced my understanding & appreciation of a book. Not ruined it. #litchat -1:29 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana Didn’t want my family to read my debut novel. But they did. Daughter promised to close her eyes when she got to racy bits. #litchat -1:29 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler @househomeauthor My family sat around one holiday I wasn’t home and tried to figure out which relative was which character. #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @Chrisbookarama or more likely, the guilty #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
krisriggle @maggiedana They try to guess which younger character is me…or assume the protag stands in for my mother! (hardly) #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
PennyAsh @amgamble I write from the male pov all the time πŸ™‚ #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Karen_Palmer RT @BenRubinstein: @LitChat Some of us have fascinating, compelling lives. Some of us write fiction. #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo RT @LitChat: Q2 Why do authors mask story behind fiction? #litchat it is a way of defraying embarrassment or judgment. -1:30 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Iwhodareswins I see the fictional memoir a lot when teachign or at conferences #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler @corb21 Consider LUCKY BONES & LUCKY. #litchat -1:30 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog Q2: I don’t like to stick to the facts. Even if it’s things I really did. #litchat -1:31 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
danish_novelist @LitChat Q2 Fiction gives you more freedom than memoirs. Novelists can lie and be applauded for it #litchat -1:31 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
HollyWoodward Fiction is a pack of lies hounding at truth. Forget which Italian author said this. #litchat -1:31 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
pdxlilly @debbieohi I am curious about a story with characters based on people from your own real life. Need to be changed? #litchat -1:31 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Anovelista Agreed! RT @deberryandgrant While authors must/should use own experiences 2 inform characters/behavior,doesn’t mean it needs 2b bio #litchat -1:31 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat Not having to stay in memoir lines makes great story bones into greater fleshed out fiction. #litchat -1:31 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KaylieJones @maggiedana re: memoirs tough sell: in trying to help students find agent/publishers I’ve been told the exact opposite! Fic harder. #litchat -1:31 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant RT @BenRubinstein: @LitChat Some of us have fascinating, compelling lives. Some of us write fiction. #litchat -1:31 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @krisriggle You’re nothing like the two younger women in REAL LIFE & LIARS. You’re much more mature (and far nicer). #litchat -1:32 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
tinaannforkner @LitChat #litchat Because rewriting a true event through fiction can allow an author to dig deep, exposing even deeper truths in a story. -1:32 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BenRubinstein @litchat If my coming-of-age read like Lord of the Rings I’d write memoir. #litchat -1:32 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog Q2: I once had a prof in college who said that Creative Nonfiction is 68% true. Sounded like fiction to me! #litchat -1:32 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat Unless you were the 1 in a million with THAT kind of life that no fiction needs to be added ;P #litchat -1:32 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KaylieJones @HollyWoodward Brava! #litchat -1:32 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo I always have readers who figure that everything I write is a true experience or is a strong personal opinion. #litchat -1:32 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
nolabill @LitChat Q2 “Why…mask their story behind a veil of fiction, rather than reveal it in memoir?” One word: Deniability. #litchat -1:32 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass Exactly. RT @BenRubinstein: @LitChat Some of us have fascinating, compelling lives. Some of us write fiction. #litchat -1:33 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
debbieohi @pdxlilly I guess it depends on how you portray the people in your life, and how upset they might be. #litchat -1:33 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @KaylieJones Maybe things have changed and I’m out of date re memoir vs fiction and an easier sale. #litchat -1:33 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat BTW gang, this is @GinaRitter using @Gina_Chat so I don’t blow my followers out of the Twitter water! #litchat -1:33 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant RT @danish_novelist: @LitChat Q2 Fiction gives you more freedom than memoirs. Novelists can lie and be applauded for it #litchat -1:33 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
TwinkleChar I based series’ lead on the “energy and spirit” of a real person, but the “story” was not hers. Simiar attributes fic/real charc. #litchat -1:34 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
GinaRitter Join me (@Gina_Chat) on #litchat right now. So much for my #writegoal at nap time. I didn’t realize there was a chat coming up -1:34 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
JadoreBrittanie I am becuz it would involve too many other people’s lives and reputations.It will be marketed as “based on the author’s life” tho. #litchat -1:34 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
AndreaGardner RT @maggiedana: We’re humans who write. Of course bits of us are in our novels. We’d be robots if that wasn’t the case. #litchat -1:34 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
LitChat @Gina_Chat Thanks, Gina. What a great idea to keep your chat account separate. #litchat -1:34 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
LisaRomeo @pdxlilly Depends on so many factors, I think – relationships, nature of the story, how much time has passed, legal issues, more. #litchat -1:35 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KaylieJones Wow, this is intense. It’s like listening to two dozen ppl talking at once… #litchat -1:35 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
danish_novelist @PennyAsh I’m proud that no reviewer has complained about my female narrator in The Tsar’s Dwarf. Guess I’m a woman after all? #litchat -1:35 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 @nolabill Plausible Deniability…. love it. #litchat -1:36 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat I use Tweetdeck to easily manage the accounts RT @LitChat: @Gina_Chat What a great idea to keep your chat account separate. #litchat -1:36 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
PennyAsh @danish_novelist LOL nah you’ve just figured out that male or female people are just people πŸ™‚ #litchat -1:37 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @KaylieJones Reminds me of early AOL chatroom adventures before things got too weird in chatrooms. #litchat -1:37 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @AndreaGardner Now I’m thinking of All My Circuits on Futurama. Even those robots needed fiction. πŸ™‚ #litchat -1:37 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat I get a bit overstimulated too RT @KaylieJones: Wow, this is intense. It’s like listening to two dozen ppl talking at once… #litchat -1:37 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 @pussreboots Good. Just a wonderment. Spose options are open to search or not to search…that is the question. #litchat -1:37 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KaylieJones @maggiedana I hear you! #litchat -1:38 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @pussreboots love it: GO BENDER! #litchat -1:38 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass My stepfather read first draft of WIP and said, “That’s not how it was.” I had to remind him it’s fiction. #litchat -1:39 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KaylieJones fic vs mem: Hemingway’s characters in SUN ALSO RISES were all based on real ppl. Same with Tolstoy’s WAR AND PEACE. #litchat -1:39 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Anovelista RT @deberryandgrant: Readers often assume that the author must be writing their own life, b/c I think that’s what they would do. #litchat -1:39 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
TwinkleChar @danish_novelist No wonder you are so retweetable. #litchat -1:39 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
pdxlilly @debbieohi Yes, I figured they would be pretty upset, not terribly flattering. #litchat -1:40 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @KaylieJones Yes. Those are roman a clef novels. Names changed to protect the author. #litchat -1:40 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
TwinkleChar RT @PennyAsh: @danish_novelist LOL nah youve just figured out that male or female people are just people πŸ™‚ #litchat -1:40 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Karen_Palmer Anyone else having trouble with the feed? Am not seeing all parts of the discussion. #litchat -1:40 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
danish_novelist @PennyAsh Writing is like acting. You have to find that “foreign” part in you and get it out on paper #litchat -1:41 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KaylieJones @CarolyBurnsBass They weren’t marketed that way. I never knew this till I studied the writers’ histories. #litchat -1:41 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mizwrite @LitChat Re Q2: Writers like to write about themes – Fictionalizing helps bring the themes to light, emphasize where needed. #litchat -1:42 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KaylieJones @CarolyBurnsBass re: first draft of WIP: That’s very cute and amusing. #litchat -1:42 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @maggiedana Thanks! Excellent trip. I always have a good time on Martha’s Vineyard…except for once (bad boyfriend! LOL) #litchat -1:42 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo I always have readers who figure that everything I write is a true experience or is a strong personal opinion. #litchat -1:42 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat So if you’re only in it to write YOUR story once, then go for it! But if you want a career, writing a memoir as fiction MIGHT help. #litchat -1:42 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @KaylieJones Very true. The “key” fits so easily once the keyhole is identified. #litchat -1:43 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
danish_novelist @TwinkleChar So many characters live in me. Italian nuns, German Nazis, Danish dwarfs, Russian psychos. And they all wanna twitter #litchat -1:43 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
TwinkleChar RT @mizwrite: @LitChat Re Q2:Writers like to write about themes.Fictionalizing helps bring themes to light, emphasize where needed. #litchat -1:43 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead hello everyone. Once this contest is over I’ll never be late again. What’s q 2? #litchat -1:44 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 @JulieHahnke while I will say that’s not always true…it is on target enough that I laughed before I argued… #litchat -1:44 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant RT @danish_novelist: @PennyAsh Writing is like acting. You have to find that “foreign” part in you and get it out on paper #litchat -1:44 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
johannaharness #litchat is going on for another 15 minutes! #amwriting -1:44 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
PennyAsh @danish_novelist Exactly #litchat -1:44 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
BrooksSigler I have to feed cats in the now. They get mad when I only write about doing so. Chat on. #litchat -1:44 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @deberryandgrant or, you have to be schizophrenic! #litchat -1:45 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
debbieohi Perils of basing fictional characters on real people http://bit.ly/Q9cN #litchat -1:45 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @corb21 I write a book blog. When I don’t search my readers will usually mention it in comments. #litchat -1:46 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead failwhale! #litchat -1:45 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat A LOT of our characters and stories start out from our lives, but we grow from there. Sometimes we go back to familiar too. #litchat -1:46 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
nolabill @LitChat Q2: Careful how you read into a novel. In my debut, FRESH KILLS, the parts taken for “real life” are complete fiction. #litchat -1:46 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat And that’s what makes us genius writers too! We can take our simple selves and twist it into a really great story but not a memoir #litchat -1:46 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @mciddangelo To some extent, I think writers do have to be. We have to manage multiple personalities and those voices in our heads #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
debbieohi To @Karen_Palmer Yes, I’m having trouble with the feed, too. VERY slow and missing bits of the discussion. Argh. #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mizwrite Does anyone ever market their book as “thinly disguised fiction” or does it only come out later? #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @mciddangelo and do it w/o meds! #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo You *can* write about public domain figures – celebs – in fiction. #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat it’s a fantastic jumping off point, no? RT @Iwhodareswins: I see the fictional memoir a lot when teachign or at conferences #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
pussreboots RT @mizwrite: Does anyone ever market their book as “thinly disguised fiction” Philip Roth has made a career out of it. #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
danish_novelist @mciddangelo My first published novel was about an astrologer who believed he was God. Everybody thought it was my memoir #litchat -1:47 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
MerrieDestefano RT #scifichat will be held on Fridays, 2-4 pm ET. #scifi #books #authors #writing #litchat #writechat -1:48 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
nolabill @mizwrite Never. “Thinly disguised fiction” means “high likelihood of lawsuit” #litchat -1:48 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
JHammons Q2 Why do authors mask story behind fiction, rather than in memoir? It’s not a mask. It’s a different form. #litchat -1:48 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog @mizwrite I think that many are called semi-autobiographical, or drawing on real life experiences, from the onset. #litchat -1:48 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KaylieJones @mizwrite the line is so thin it’s transparent these days. Thinly disg fic or creative mem, it is getting harder and harder to tell #litchat -1:48 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @bibliofreakblog lies that I’d never be late or is ‘lies’ q 2? Tweetchat’s not working. Twitter’s overloaded. Argh. #litchat -1:48 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
JadoreBrittanie @mizwrite I plan on marketing mine as heavily based on myself. #litchat -1:48 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
JulieMayhew #litchat I really wanted LIfe Of Pi to be autobiographical, but then that was the point of the whole book, right? -1:49 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @danish_novelist lol at “God” #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @mizwrite our most recent book was loosely based on a personal experience & we told everyone upfront. Even blogged about it. #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana One of my readers felt sorry for me. Thought my own (lovely) mum was like protag’s horrid mum in Beachcombing. Was relieved not so. #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat There’s a lot of judgment out there when you are published. RT @mciddangelo …it is a way of defraying embarrassment or judgment. #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
artistatlarge Q3 The only one that I couldn’t believe was not autobio was Middlesex #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
PennyAsh @LitChat Have to admit I never really think about it when I read #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mizwrite @mciddangelo What are the “rules” of writing about celebs? How much do you have to fictionalize to sell as fiction? #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog @rebeccawoodhead lies that you’d never be late. once the contest is over you’ll be off writing. #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Chrisbookarama Q3: What do you mean? Like Frey? A memoir is a lie or the reader assumes a novel is true? #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
AndreaGardner RT @nolabill: @mizwrite Never. “Thinly disguised fiction” means “high likelihood of lawsuit” #litchat -1:49 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mizwrite @pussreboots Oooh, Philip Roth is a good example. Didn’t think of him. … #litchat -1:50 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead q3: Harry Potter and Mrs Tiggywinkle #litchat -1:50 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
TwinkleChar @deberryandgrant Had char. from past book keep trying to interject self in new book. Me, out loud:PIPE DOWN, Arthur. UR not HERE! #litchat -1:50 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat RT @BrooksSigler: I have to feed cats in the now. They get mad when I only write about doing so. Chat on. #litchat -1:50 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mizwrite @nolabill Ha! Yes, I would think so … #litchat -1:50 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead q3 ooh – The Taylor of Gloucester too. I wanted all my childhood books to be real #litchat -1:51 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
AngelMenchan RT @deberryandgrant Our characters are people we make up-we do everything we can to make them feel real, but they aren’t. #litchat AMEN! -1:51 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @bibliofreakblog okay. I’ll let you have that. Touche #litchat -1:51 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @mizwrite Ben Pesta, the literary lawyer and hubby of my former agent said “no libel” – but you could make up obvious fiction ….#litchat -1:51 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog QT not autobiographical, but my sister was soooo disappointed when half way through Michener’s Hawaii she found out it was fiction. #litchat -1:52 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mizwrite @artistatlarge I completely agree about Middlesex!!! #litchat -1:52 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
LitChat Q3 Didn’t make it into TweetChat: Were you ever disappointed to learn that a novel wasn’t autobiographical? #litchat -1:52 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @mizwrite Oprah Winfrey Goes to Mars!” – as an example. but explanation too deep to get into here. #litchat -1:52 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog i’ve definitely wanted some characters from books, movies, tv to be real so that i could hang out with them…or date them… #litchat -1:53 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @LitChat No. Just impressed at how well it convinced me it was. #litchat -1:53 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
VictoriaMixon Sorry to jump in late. What scares me is when I find myself years later living something I’ve already written about. #litchat -1:53 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @Gina_Chat agreed. #litchat -1:53 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead trying to think of adult book I wanted to be real when I read it and can’t #litchat -1:53 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
whenwelisten Memoir disguised as fiction, If they believe its you anyway why try to disguise it..?? #litchat -1:53 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @bibliofreakblog: Too funny about your sister and Michener’s HAWAII. #litchat -1:54 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 that just makes the writing that much better…more convincing. #litchat -1:54 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat Never ever ever RT @LitChat: Q3 Were you ever disappointed to learn that a novel wasn’t autobiographical? #litchat -1:54 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @LitChat No. Since I mostly don’t suspect that they are, I’m usually disappointed the other way–when I find out a novel is. #litchat -1:54 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mizwrite @mciddangelo Thank you. Yes, prob complicated. I keep wondering b/c famous local family here would be outstanding storyline. #litchat -1:54 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
AndreaGardner No, I was pissed. Q3 Didn’t make it into TweetChat: Were you ever disappointed to learn that a novel wasn’t autobiographical? #litchat -1:54 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @bibliofreakblog You’re right. I wanted to believe FRIENDS was real. Wanted to believe I could live in that apartment for no money #litchat -1:55 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @Gina_Chat but I suppose its defraying personal judgment I’m referring to; not professional. #litchat -1:55 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
nolabill @maggiedana Some people hand me books to sign like I might bite their arm off. That voice in the book? That’s not me, I made it up. #litchat -1:55 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
pussreboots For instance Hattie Big Sky… based on a real woman but the fic. Hattie had opposite outcome to real Hattie. #litchat -1:55 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
LitChat @Chrisbookarama Q3 referring to a novel so convincing it’s hard to believe the author made it up. #litchat -1:55 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat One of mine mentions stars and their baby names. RT @mciddangelo You *can* write about public domain figures – celebs – in fiction. #litchat -1:56 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
TwinkleChar @LitChat not me, but readers were so worried one of my series’ characters was going to die that they sent medicine lists–for REAL. #litchat -1:56 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana I wanted Derek Robinson, author of PIECE OF CAKE, to be an RAF fighter pilot, but he isn’t. #litchat -1:56 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog i wanted the Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar to be real. #litchat -1:56 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
JHammons I consider author when buying, but not so much when reading. So no: I’ve never been disappointed by fiction that wasn’t autobio. #litchat -1:56 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
averywrite #litchat “Middlesex, even though I wasn’t harboring many illusions that it was. What a great story, though! @litchat -1:56 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
PennyAsh @whenwelisten What about fiction disguised as memoir? #litchat -1:56 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant Q3 to state that the exact same thing happened to them, their sister, their neighbor, etc… #litchat -1:56 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @mizwrite public domain people – J-Lo, for example, lose a certain amount of privacy. You can use them as fictional characters. #litchat -1:57 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog @rebeccawoodhead and just hang out working at a coffee shop, still wearing awesome clothes. #litchat -1:57 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @averywrite I was relieved Middlesex wasn’t autobiographical. #litchat -1:57 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mizwrite @LitChat RE: Q3: Sometimes when I discover author is different gender, it almost disappoints. “Outsiders” when I was young. #litchat -1:57 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
YorkHousePress Q3: In my encounter, no. It was still a great story, worth telling, whether it was true or not. #litchat -1:58 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mizwrite @LitChat RE: Q3: Or “The Hours” surprised me . … #litchat -1:58 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog I’m discovering the things I most want to be real have fantastic elements. hmmm… #litchat -1:58 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @bibliofreakblog and really shiny hair ALL the time. I believed it was real so much I moved to America. #litchat -1:58 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
WayneHurlbert @rebeccawoodhead I never care if a novel is autobiographical or not & never think about it except as universal themes #litchat -1:58 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
LitChat @PennyAsh @whenweilisten Last week’s topic fine line between fact and fiction. See chatscripts https://litchat.net/past-litchats #litchat -1:58 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
pussreboots @mizwrite I almost mentioned The Hours. #litchat -1:59 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
PennyAsh @LitChat Thanks, I’ll check it out #litchat -1:59 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
johannaharness Not disappointed the story isn’t real, but often disappointed the setting isn’t real. #litchat -1:59 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @maggiedana that’s good. #litchat -1:59 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @WayneHurlbert I agree – though I would that that I wouldn’t. Still not 100% sure I should but think I do. Odd feeling. #litchat -1:59 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @maggiedana hee hee #litchat -2:00 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog @rebeccawoodhead oh man, you must have been seriously disappointed with NYC then. #litchat -2:00 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo fun chat! thanks for hosting! nice to meet all of you! #litchat -2:01 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
TwinkleChar FICTION: What about putting a fictional restaurant in a real town? Rules against that? #litchat -2:01 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @bibliofreakblog No comment. Loved Boston though πŸ™‚ #litchat -2:02 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
AndreaGardner @LitChat Q3: it all depends on how the book is advertised. #litchat -2:02 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead I want music in my books but you have to be so careful about it. How much can you refer to a song before it costs you? #litchat -2:03 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
LitChat We’ve wheeled around the clock again, if no one’s in a hurry, let’s continue the convo. #litchat -2:03 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat You can put ANYTHING in a real town. RT @TwinkleChar: What about putting a fictional restaurant in a real town? Rules against that? #litchat -2:03 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bibliofreakblog @TwinkleChar i think it’s O.K. to make a place up, but moving a real place across town is a no-no. #litchat -2:03 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
techtigger awww, can’t follow #litchat, always happens during week while I’m at work. bummer! -2:03 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @AndreaGardner heh, as I said yesterday: Creative Nonfiction = Creative Marketing. #litchat -2:03 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
WayneHurlbert @TwinkleChar I have no problem with fictional biz in real places even small towns. Anything else would be very limiting #litchat -2:04 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @TwinkleChar Sometimes we just let them in…there are always characters from previous books passing thru another. #litchat -2:04 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
sandara_bc @rebeccawoodhead The Time Traveler’s Wife, maybe? #litchat -2:04 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
AndreaGardner RT @mciddangelo: @AndreaGardner heh, as I said yesterday: Creative Nonfiction = Creative Marketing. #litchat < agreed! > -2:04 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mizwrite @pussreboots Yes, I remember being a bit disappointed that a woman didn’t write that! : ) #litchat -2:05 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
JHammons I remember a Colorado town (Pueblo, maybe?) being upset with H Julavits because she got so much about town wrong (or made it up). #litchat -2:05 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @rebeccawoodhead Don’t know, but your copy editor will! LOL #litchat -2:05 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
WayneHurlbert @rebeccawoodhead Imagine a multimedia book where sound trackss play for each page & event #litchat -2:06 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat I think of it more as elaborated in fiction RT @whenwelisten Memoir disguised as fiction, If they believe its you anyway why try? #litchat -2:07 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
TwinkleChar @deberryandgrant Arthus is way too bosy for that. Give him a paragraph and he’ll take over the storyline. But I miss him … #litchat -2:07 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @JHammons I think that if you don’t do your research, people will laugh at you if you screw up their town or establishment. #litchat -2:08 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @WayneHurlbert bliss! #litchat -2:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mizwrite @WayneHurlbert: @rebeccawoodhead Oooh, multimedia book w/ soundtrack for each page …. nice. …. #litchat -2:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bestofchat RT @deberryandgrant @rebeccawoodhead Don’t know, but your copy editor will! LOL #litchat http://bit.ly/ckpsq -2:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bestofchat RT @JHammons . #litchat http://bit.ly/Df63R -2:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bestofchat RT @mizwrite #litchat http://bit.ly/VpoLt -2:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bestofchat RT @sandara_bc @rebeccawoodhead The Time Traveler’s Wife, maybe? #litchat http://bit.ly/4iCWaT -2:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bestofchat RT @mciddangelo @AndreaGardner heh, as I said yesterday: Creative Nonfiction = Creative Marketing. #litchat http://bit.ly/VbpH7 -2:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bestofchat RT @techtigger awww, can’t follow #litchat, always happens during week while I’m at work. bummer! http://bit.ly/8sO52 -2:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead @sandara_bc have yet to read it #litchat -2:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bestofchat RT @LitChat We’ve wheeled around the clock again, if no one’s in a hurry, let’s continue the convo. #litchat http://bit.ly/c4Bwn -2:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bestofchat RT @debbieohi Perils of basing fictional characters on real people http://bit.ly/Q9cN #litchat http://bit.ly/io5gQ -2:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bestofchat RT @corb21 RT @inkyelbows: #litchat is happening right NOW. Tips for those new to writer chats: http://bit.ly/write&#8230; http://bit.ly/MsZoG -2:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bestofchat RT @GinaRitter RT @inkyelbows: #litchat is happening right NOW. Tips for those new to writer chats: http://bit.ly/w&#8230; http://bit.ly/4oCCdz -2:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
bestofchat RT @bibliofreakblog here’s the review of it http://bibliofreakblog.com #litchat http://bit.ly/oeBVg -2:09 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
KaylieJones @mciddangelo But sometimes you need a restaurant where there isn’t one. I once put a barrier reef where there wasn’t one in Mexico. #litchat -2:10 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
WayneHurlbert I think a town as a book setting, with real or imagined businesses, can only be a boon for tourism #litchat -2:10 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
Gina_Chat @JHammons I might put a fake restaurant or homes or hospital in a real town, but not ALL of those… not change the whole town. #litchat -2:11 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
rebeccawoodhead #litchat thanks for the chat. Last few hours of the contest. Looks like I’ll win. Will be in time next time. πŸ™‚ -2:11 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
AndreaGardner Thanks for the chat today. I must run my son to football. #litchat -2:11 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @WayneHurlbert Look what Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil did for Savannah #litchat -2:12 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
WayneHurlbert @rebeccawoodhead We may have created a product for publishers to use doe some titles πŸ™‚ #litchat -2:13 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @KaylieJones No – I agree. In my NA Cormac McCarthy style novel, I describe a water tower in Salena KS that doesn’t exist. #litchat -2:13 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @KaylieJones but if you write about the Taj Mahal, you’d better get it right. #litchat -2:13 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
JHammons @Gina_Chat Right. Me, too. But I think real landmarks are hard to mess with. Can’t move Carlsbad Caverns to Santa Fe for example =) #litchat -2:14 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
WayneHurlbert @deberryandgrant That is a fine example of what I am suggesting regarding tourism #litchat -2:14 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
3ChicksOnLit RT @LitChat: Q2 Why do authors choose to mask their story behind a veil of fiction, rather than reveal it in memoir? #litchat —hmmmm -2:15 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
WayneHurlbert @mizwrite A book with a soundtrack would be like a movie soundtrack in many respects #litchat -2:15 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
maggiedana @mciddangelo Or if you’re using a real town as reference point for another, don’t put it 300 miles east of where it really is. #litchat -2:15 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @mciddangelo A good half of our first novel was set in Paris, where we had never been (this was pre-internet) so we wore holes in #litchat -2:17 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant our Paris Plan and turned our guidebooks into shreds. But those who read it and had been there said we got it right. I visited yrs #litchat -2:18 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
nolabill @TwinkleChar Put anything anywhere. The joy of fiction. Complaints? Well, where’d you get the book? Not from the travel section. #litchat -2:18 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
WayneHurlbert @3ChicksOnLit The names have been changed to protect the guilty? πŸ™‚ #litchat -2:19 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mciddangelo @maggiedana again, agreed. #litchat -2:20 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant @mciddangelo later and went to see the streets and shops we had written about. I loved that the boulangerie was still there #litchat -2:20 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
TwinkleChar So fictional restaurant in real town okay but stay away from “real” address and be true to “rest” of town lest reader gets hyper. #litchat -2:22 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
mizwrite @WayneHurlbert Except the music would inspire your own visual. … that would be nice, since music/lit both inspire visuals #litchat -2:23 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
corb21 @waynehurlbert What about a murder/mystery? does that provide biz boom for said inspirational town/setting? #litchat -2:23 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
WayneHurlbert @nolabill @TwinkleChar I don’t think there should be rules on novel locations.The writer is creating an alternate universe anyway #litchat -2:25 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
veduncan RT @TomBorthwick Q: Why do authors mask story behind fiction, rather than in memoir? @KaylieJones A: “Fiction is all true.” #litchat -2:25 PM Aug 3rd, 2009
deberryandgrant It’s been swell–must dash. See you next time. #litchat -2:25 PM Aug 3rd, 2009

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