Based on a True Story – How Can It Be Real? by Michael Allan Scott


Here’s a great post from Michael Allan Scott on the ‘reality factor’ in your writing from the Mystery Thriller Week blog.

Mystery Thriller Week

How Can It Be Real?

As an author of supernatural thrillers, it’s a question I’ve heard a time or two before.

In my experience, the single most important aspect of good storytelling is what I call the “Reality Factor.” We’ve all read a book, seen a movie, that should have worked but didn’t. There are a ton of factors that may contribute to its failure, but at the core, I’m confident you’ll find a lack of reality as the main culprit.

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