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I need help with writing a realistic drama novel about a woman in prison. Can somebody PLEASE help me?

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Old 12-13-2016, 11:04 PM
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WHat part do you need help with?
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Old 12-14-2016, 12:54 AM
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WHat part do you need help with?
Ideas and the actual writing.
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Gonna need a little background info about you to help proceed, cat.

First, are you older than eighteen years?
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Old 12-14-2016, 07:32 AM
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Why do you want to write this story?
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Old 12-14-2016, 09:58 AM
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Gonna need a little background info about you to help proceed, cat.

First, are you older than eighteen years?
I am 23.

I want to write this story because I have an interest in realistic stories about prison life.
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Old 12-14-2016, 10:41 AM
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Know anybody who's been to jail? Interview them. Also, I suggest reading as much prison non-fiction as possible, to start. Then try to come up with your protagonist... who's your hero and why?
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Old 12-14-2016, 11:18 AM
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do a search on - letters to prisoners program.

you can write to them and get the real deal. and inspire some very real characters, and some true stores that's if they give you permission to use them.


you need to be careful when talking to these people - use a p.o. box and don't give out to much information, they understand.

most prisons limit their computer time to about two hours a week, highly supervised and all letters are edited. phone calls are iffy at best, they have to pay (5 - 25 dollars depending on the prison - five minute call) for the call and call you collect, and you will have to front the money to their account.


but it can be very interesting and you really get a glimpse into the way your pin-pal (that was a pun-son) thinks


for three years I wrote to a death row inmate, (kidnapping, rape and murder) he was a nice enough guy in the letters but I don't think I would have wanted to meet him in real life.

he was executed in January of 16, just before he was executed he confessed that he had killed all eight of those people just because he wanted.

if you choose to do this - you will be warned many time not to share to much and be very careful.

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Old 12-14-2016, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by max crash View Post
do a search on - letters to prisoners program.

you can write to them and get the real deal. and inspire some very real characters, and some true stores that's if they give you permission to use them.


you need to be careful when talking to these people - use a p.o. box and don't give out to much information, they understand.

most prisons limit their computer time to about two hours a week, highly supervised and all letters are edited. phone calls are iffy at best, they have to pay (5 - 25 dollars depending on the prison - five minute call) for the call and call you collect, and you will have to front the money to their account.


but it can be very interesting and you really get a glimpse into the way your pin-pal (that was a pun-son) thinks


for three years I wrote to a death row inmate, (kidnapping, rape and murder) he was a nice enough guy in the letters but I don't think I would have wanted to meet him in real life.

he was executed in January of 16, just before he was executed he confessed that he had killed all eight of those people just because he wanted.

if you choose to do this - you will be warned many time not to share to much and be very careful.

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Thanks for the advice, but I have already done that. In fact, if you REALLY want to get into the backstory of the story, I read a news report a few years ago about an inmate I had a lot of empathy for. I wrote to her as a pen pal, and had a nice friendship for a while. Then I said something horrible to her and she understandably never wrote back. I tried to befriend other inmates via letters, but they all got sick of me, probably more in a general sense than any specific thing I did. Regardless, all my days of having prison pen pals are over with.

That's part of the reason I want to do this story. To hopefully somewhat make up for the horrible way I treated them.
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he had killed all eight of those people just because he wanted.

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Ya know, it's unexpected little tidbits of truth like this that make it so difficult to rationalize not carrying legally concealed.

*sigh*
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Originally Posted by blipsycat View Post
I am 23.

I want to write this story because I have an interest in realistic stories about prison life.

Okay, pal, I read all the stuff after your response and I don't see me as a guy that can help ya with this project,

Good luck.
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Originally Posted by blipsycat View Post
Thanks for the advice, but I have already done that. In fact, if you REALLY want to get into the backstory of the story, I read a news report a few years ago about an inmate I had a lot of empathy for. I wrote to her as a pen pal, and had a nice friendship for a while. Then I said something horrible to her and she understandably never wrote back. I tried to befriend other inmates via letters, but they all got sick of me, probably more in a general sense than any specific thing I did. Regardless, all my days of having prison pen pals are over with.

That's part of the reason I want to do this story. To hopefully somewhat make up for the horrible way I treated them.
The trouble is, a story about life inside a prison is their story, not yours. Write about what you have personally experienced. That's the only authority you have as a writer.

Of course you could find a way to get sent to jail and find out for yourself, but that's a bit extreme.
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Old 12-14-2016, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by flyingtart View Post
The trouble is, a story about life inside a prison is their story, not yours. Write about what you have personally experienced. That's the only authority you have as a writer.

Of course you could find a way to get sent to jail and find out for yourself, but that's a bit extreme.
I disagree. Lots of people write about things they have not personally experiences. Like Stephen King wrote the story that became "The Shawshank Redemption", and I'm pretty sure he never went to prison himself.
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Yeah, the difference is Stephen King didn't ask strangers on a forum to help him write it.
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I also disagree - because I write as a teen female and i'm a male sexagenarian

but you seem to be having trouble putting yourself in prison, may I suggest that you just create a character, and develop a back story about his or her life, that creates a personality that will cause trouble with the law. so when they were caught you will know just how they would behave,

you could start with them going to prison --- but you are going to have to have their background down-pat so you will know how they are going to respond. thus the back story - maybe just for your benefit.

also give them some faults, I e - I spent some time with the DEA after I got out of the military and there was this one guy that didn't blink to kill a person but you better not hurt an dog around him or he would be in you face right now.

so build your character and set him on a life of crime.

post us a story about him or her. let's see what happens.

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Old 12-14-2016, 02:57 PM
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There is no way any of us could teach you to be a writer if you're not one. And if you're not one, don't do it.

If you are, then use your own life experience and place it in a character with a story. There is nothing unique about being in prison.

Loss, redemption, challenge, decisions (good and bad), conflict, character, love, hope, and desire are all common to all of us, if you're of any age in life. Write those things and change the circumstances. That's what's meant by write what you know.
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Yeah, the difference is Stephen King didn't ask strangers on a forum to help him write it.

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Aw, tart, yer killin' me here.
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Loss, redemption, challenge, decisions (good and bad), conflict, character, love, hope, and desire are all common to all of us, if you're of any age in life. Write those things and change the circumstances. That's what's meant by write what you know.

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Forget about it, I guess.
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Forget about it, I guess.

We can if you do.
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