Monday, July 20, 2009

Fiction is a Lie - And That's The Truth

Any story you tell, won't be the same story someone else would tell-even if it's true.

For example, look at the first four chapters of the New Testament, in the Bible. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were all telling the same old story - just in different ways with different words and from different perspectives. So the story might be the same but it will never read that way - or not quite.

The secret to writing a good story is to make the lie believable. Think of creative-writing as creative-lying. It might seem a little more fun when you think of it that way ;-) or at least it will make you feel more like a super-sleuth, searching for the dangerous, exciting, or emotional impact inside the mundane reality of every day.

So what makes writing fiction interesting to you? Share your thoughts in the "comments" section.

3 comments:

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Narrative POV can make or break a tale. I think back story makes a story more plausible, too.

Christina Farley said...

I love fiction because you can stretch everything to new levels. My favorite fantasies are the ones that 'could' be true or make you stop and think 'could this really happen?' Those are the best.

MG Higgins said...

"searching for the dangerous, exciting, or emotional impact inside the mundane reality" is a good reminder for me. I need to not be afraid to take my stories to the next level.