It's impossible to create a compelling piece of fiction without the real world. Even with fantasy, one HAS to write in real emotions and human issues. Too often, though, people look to other people's issues instead of their own.
Everything she wrote is 100% true (imho). But the last sentence made me pause. Why is it that people look so much beyond themselves to find emotions and stories and don't look inside?
I open this question up as a forum. I have my own ideas, but I'm going to save them until later in the week. Do you agree with Amanda? Or do you think writers use more of themselves and less of everything around them? Or do you think writers pull their ideas from thin air?
Inquiring minds and all that....