Screenwriting : Are there limits in writing fiction? by Conrad Ekeke

Conrad Ekeke

Are there limits in writing fiction?

Can a writer write a story that's a myth he only makes up from his imagination?

Zorrawa Emily Ann Jefferson

Yes. I like the picture too.

Conrad Ekeke

Thanks Emily. :)

Bill Costantini

Frankenstein. Dracula. Animal Farm. 2001: Space Oddysey. The Planet of the Apes. Avatar. The Fall. Brazil. The Science of Sleep. Willy Wonka. Disney. The Hobbit. Marvel comics. Martial arts movies where one guy/woman beats 50 assassins. Stranger Than Fiction. Need I say more?

Conrad Ekeke

No Bill, thanks

Linda Perkins

Well yeah!

Anne Pariseau

I think it sounds wonderful!

Adam Tester

I think your limited to what you know about the world, but you can always learn more which inevitably expands your writing capabilities.

Conrad Ekeke

Sounds wonderful Adam. Thanks.

Owen Mowatt

I dont get it. Am I missing something with this question? Are writers allowed to use their imagination??

Hayley Emberey

Might it be true to say a writer can write anything he/she wants be it myth, imagination, fact, knowing, knowledge, truth, higher/lower self, present, memoirs, futuristic. It is what a writer shares with others where the boundaries come Into force?

Allen R. Nelson

I love fiction. Making a story by your imagination is more potent and respectful than using the known products of our world. When you write a story all made up by your imagination that's a whole new world and you have something different to present. That's what I do for almost all of my stories. In my opinion it's a great job, so why not? Of course you can use your imagination.

Owen Mowatt

Alright, I have another question, since I'm just cross-eyed baffled by this one. Why on earth would you "limit" your imagination??

Allen R. Nelson

Well, I actually see no reason.

Conrad Ekeke

Me too... I was thinking, that imagination should carry believable facts.

Allen R. Nelson

I think to make something totally new and unknown to our facts is actually greater than that. That shows how powerful your mind is to create a world. Something unbelievable of your imagination related to facts that you create.

Conrad Ekeke

Owen, I meant writing on a myth and changing it all to suit your own imagination. Think of these Greek gods' mythologies and you trying to make it look different from what is naturally believed... Or you creating your own story that looks everything like a myth. I think you got the idea with your second response :)

Hayley Emberey

How about imagination and the link that has to psychic abilities, divine powers? Which is real, which is real yet imagined? All interlinked...then we could discuss dreams nd the message they give us and presenting those through various art forms. It is interesting.

Conrad Ekeke

Yeah Hayley, something like that. It's interesting and I like going towards that thinking.

Owen Mowatt

I just don't see what is stopping you from doing exactly that, Conrad. Robin Hood is a mythical character, but he doesn't have to belong to medieval times. Using your...imagination...he could be in space, the Wild West, FEMALE! He could be gay for Little John and not Maid Marion, hell he could be a cartoon sea horse! You are only limiting yourself and why would you want to?

Allen R. Nelson

I see what you're getting to, Owen.

Conrad Ekeke

Okay, that helps too Owen thanks.

Aray Brown

Absolutely

Hayley Emberey

Yes Owen. Yes Conrad. No limits in the inner world is a good thing, makes the world go round. Go for it.....I am:)

Conrad Ekeke

"Wanderbaar" Hayley. Wonderful and I'm behind you :)

Phillip 'Le Docteur de Script' Hardy

On the cover page of my most recent scripts, it says screenplay by Phillip E. Hardy; and underneath my name, it says "Based on myth and bullshit." I hope that answers your question.

Frederic Lecamus

Carl Jung has already scientifically answered that question: it's a big yes. Past lives are a different problem, but collective subconscious or whatever is guessed beyond the self and the soul does hint at vast knowledges that are beyond the intellectual process of acquired memory. Experience does prove this theory by the way but it requires to venture in non-cartesian paths... Fyi knowledge is "connaissance" which is "con-nacere" in latin, and it literally means "with-birth". I'm not sure what they meant when they created the word but it's definitely fascinating.

Hayley Emberey

Does that work for you?! Love it.

Conrad Ekeke

Fred' love that touch :) Hayley, it always does. Thanks Phillip. That's genius too. :)

Doug Nelson

Conrad; The limits to writing fiction are established only by your imagination – so I guess the answer to your question must be “yes”.

Conrad Ekeke

Yes Doug. Thanks too.

Joe Piazzo

I don't even understand the question - it is like asking if water can ever not be wet.

Doug Nelson

Ya Joe; you got it - it's kinda like that.

Conrad Ekeke

Somepeople wouldn't know if water is actually wet based on your view on how a question should look like but no one knows it all, even the very simple things that might appeal to many, some don't know them and would love to. Not being harsh but putting an appropriate metaphor tells me you understood the question. Thanks however, now I think I know water is wet.

Conrad Ekeke

But yes, water can ever not be wet if you don't wet it :D

Doug Nelson

Ya know Conrad, it’s like one of my favorite quotes from Bill Clinton: “that all depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is.”

Conrad Ekeke

Exactly Doug. Always a variant in every thought and mine is, if there's a way in, there obviously is a way out no matter. I guess I learned finally.

Patrick DelliGatti

The mind is a tremendous computer, it can conjure up great answers, your mind is your treasure to great imaginative fiction. Writing is an essential contribution to knowledge. Patrick Delligatti

Conrad Ekeke

Very true Patrick. The mind is just the universe, way as I see it. Writing makes it complicated sometimes you know. To come up with a theory of your thought on how possible somethings could look like can be argued since different persons have different ways of thinking and perceiving things. Thanks for the enlightenment.

Charles Rule

First I apologize but cannot 'Not"...Does that list include 'Kill Bill" 1 & 2?

Albert Zayat

His/her imagination is the sum parts of experiences in my view. Much like what intuition is. However, so what ? I've written three novels from my own imagination but I realize they are founded in fact or thought to be fact.

Cheryl Parks

Yes, some of the best stories are pulled out of thin air. Some authors even create languages.

Charles Rule

Once a lady asked what I did. "And actor,"said I. Her reply? "You make up stories and tell lies." "yes, it's how we find truths". that still is my reply.

Conrad Ekeke

Hahah yes Charles.

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