In my last post, I mentioned that my parents were really awesome when I was a teen (still are). My friends would hang out with them when I was at tennis lessons. I'd come home to find them drinking tea, eating, playing games, and having a great time without me. But if I wrote this into a manuscript, I think so many people would question the believability.
One of my writer friends recently told me an agent passed on her manuscript because she questioned something her MC did. The thing is, that incident was based on reality. It had actually happened in real life. Yet the agent found it unbelievable. See where I'm going here?
Reality is sometimes more unbelievable than fiction, which makes the whole "write what you know" thing tough sometimes.
Have you ever based a character or event on something that really happened and had it questioned for believability? Do you worry about this happening?