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How about the opposite problem? I have trouble deciding to "do it", even though I have stories bursting and characters whispering all the time!

I've been wondering along these lines, too. As liss talked about, I'm a people-watcher from way back. One of my earliest games was playing, "what's her (or his) story?" to explain what folks were up to as they walked down the street, played in the schoolyard, shuffled their homework up to the teacher's desk, tried not to be obvious about picking their noses in church, and so forth.

Even when I know people's stories, I have a tendency to make up new ones to describe their behavior. And, really, the reasons behind the things they do in my imagination are way, way more interesting than their real reasons for doing what they're doing.

However. I do not feel like there is fiction in me. Have written only a few stories in my life, all short ones, all ones which popped into my head of a piece, got written down quickly, and then most often forgotten. Characters do not torment me. Situations do not tease me. It is almost as if, maybe, I use my made-up stories about real people to fuel my non-fiction prose, which I still have nary a clue how to categorize.

Does any of that make sense?

ILC
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