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Start writing fiction: characters and stories
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4.3.4 Reflecting on concerns and ideas

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Reflecting on who you are and what sort of material you want to write about is an important and ongoing part of the writing process, not least because you will be more motivated by characters and storylines which embody topics that are important to you.

Activity 4.3 Reviewing your menu of concerns

Review some of the ideas in your notebook and your menu of concerns. Are there any characters or story ideas that match up with any of the concerns listed on your menu? Discuss any of these ideas with your fellow writers.

Don’t worry if there seems to be an incongruity between your menu of concerns and the type of characters and story ideas that you are coming up with. In many ways, this can be very interesting.

In some cases, you may be the last to recognise that a story and characters you have created relates to a key personal concern.