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What inspires a writer?

November 7, 2011

For our author, Bruce Jay Friedman, inspiration definitely comes from personal experience. Find out more about what influenced the plays in his upcoming book, 3.1 Plays:

LLB: Are any aspects of these plays based on personal experiences?

Bruce: All writing, in my view, is autobiographical. My version of life on a distant planet will be shaped by my personal history, just as yours would be if you approached the same subject. Some work is more autobiographical than others. Scuba Duba is “closer to home” so to speak than, say, Sardines, in the Sixteenth century. But both are autobiographical–to a point.

LLB: Serving in the Air Force must have been a life-changing experience. How did your time in the service influence your writing career?

Bruce: The Air Force was good to me. It got me out of the Bronx, away from my mother, bless her. I had wide experience as an Air Force photo/journalist. And my commander-in-chief gave me three novels to read–over a weekend. Tom Wolfe’s Of Time and the River, James Jones, From Here to Eternity, and particularly Catcher in the Rye, which changed my life.

What about you? What inspires you to write?

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