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  • Writer's pictureBecky Bruhn

How to Turn our Lives into Fiction

Inspired by a tough personal experience, I made a movie. No, not a movie.

I stepped right over the movie and went straight to the movie trailer.

"Unleashed" is the story of Julia, who finds herself over 50 and unemployed, fired by a capricious and cruel CEO. What can she do about it? She can reach out to all of her ex-coworkers who've been fired before and make a documentary to expose the dirty dealings of their former boss. (3:30)


I have been finding writing inspiration from my personal experiences since Junior High School. Tapping my life is a great source of story ideas and fuels my creativity. But how do I go about transforming painful events into fiction - whether it's a play script , short story, novel, or film? Here are my steps:

  1. Be honest

  2. Indulge in fantasy

  3. Play "what-if"

  4. Outwit your fears

  5. Find a template

  6. Stay open to the unexpected

In this video, I explain the six steps for turning life into a fiction, using "Unleashed" as an example. (10:20)

Do you mine your personal experiences for art?

Do you turn disappointments into comedy? Drama? Tragedy?

I'd love to hear about it. Please share!


Film credits:

written & directed by Becky Bruhn

Julia Prudhomme as Julia

Imogen Love

Mia Morris

Erik Lundegaard

Eric Strand


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