The first source of inspiration for a story is ourselves. Everyone has a story to tell and that story, by extension, often looks like us. Being able to look at our life and tap into the emotions that drive us and frame past experiences, current dynamics through the prism of “Protagonist’, “obstacle”, “Rival” “Want” can help us start to write these self-inspired tales and find worth in our own experiences.
Ben Philippe is a New York–based writer and screenwriter. He has a bachelor of arts from Columbia University and an MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. He teaches screenwriting at Barnard. His debut novel, The Field Guide to the North American Teenager, was published in 2019.