Sarah Rees Brennan is the author of The Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy (which I haven’t read yet, much to my distress) and a highly entertaining tweeter. Recently, she tweeted:
I have led a corrupt and blameful life. It makes writing so much easier. 😉
This is so true. So completely and utterly true.
When it comes to plotting and conceiving utterly terrible, damning ideas that send me straight to Hell, I’m good. Really good. In fact, my ability to plot and think through these terrible ideas is what has largely stopped me from committing the highly illegal ones (i.e. I can see all the numerous ways I’d get caught. I should’ve skipped choir as a child and asked to be sent to ninja training. Oh if only I knew then what I know now about priorities and valuable life skills. But I digress.).
I’ve acted on enough bad impulses and committed enough stupid pranks in my callow youth to have a vast store of resources to inspire my writing. And it really does help. No, seriously, it does. My Canadian wife, SekritEmuSister, has been privy to how many of my nefarious plans and accomplishments have morphed into new glorious crimes against humanity in my writing. *mwahahahaaaa*
In short, I agree with the esteemed Ms Brennan; it’s so much easier to write about bad ideas when you’ve made so many in your own life.