Author Alexs Pate writes fiction that comes from his own experiences. For his upcoming book, the experience is of being reunited with his son that he has been estranged from for many years. “You get used to the disconnection; the connection is what is hard.” Have you had any experiences with absence and/or reunification? After you have a fight with someone, how hard is it to trust them again? How does Pate depict his relationship with another place, person or thing?

Write your own piece of fiction that comes from your own experience. It should be something that has happened in your life, but the characters in the book should be fictional characters and the experience should be somewhat different from your own.