From Fact to Fiction

I’ve been asked many times in last few weeks if Surviving Chadwick  is a true story. The short answer is no. However, in many ways the story really is true.

First the facts.

I attended boarding school in the 70’s and grew up in Oakland, Ca.  But after these facts, and a few more similarities to my own life, I embellish alot to make the story of a young African American male attending boarding school more compelling.

   The process was fun.

The best thing I found out about writing this story is that you can tell all kinds of interesting stories, especially your own,  if you’re willing to use your imagination.

The main character in my story is a tall, and politically astute male. He’s sorely lacking in self-confidence.  Physically, I am not very tall but as a young student I struggled with issues of academic self confidence .  This struggle provided me with the insight to lend credibility to the plight of my main character.

Don’t be afraid to change the emotional and physical makeup of your character if the situation calls for it.  Nothing is worse than sticking to the boring details of your own life if other more interesting incidents can be incorporated into your story.  Be flexible. Tell your story and make it sing.

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1 Response to “From Fact to Fiction”


  1. 1 Sharline July 11, 2009 at 4:20 am

    I am so proud of you!


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