FICTION: Written stories about people and events that are not real. An invented story.
EXAMPLE: She is a writer of fiction.
QUOTE: Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't. Mark Twain
Do you lie? Do you tell tall tales? Do you have an imagination? Are you good at making things up?
You might say that those are good qualities of a writer of fiction.
But, sometimes a writer gets writer's block. Your imagination goes on vacation, you've used up all your tall tales and you start feeling guilty about lying.
What do you do?
You can always add cheating to your resume. Use real life experiences and change them up a bit. Do you know a colorful, unique or ordinary person? Sure! We all do. Take a little from them and add it to one of your characters or plots. Of course, be sure and change the names and the locations. Your Aunt Hazel may not want everyone to know she has a pet snake, wears purple underwear and dreams of running for president some day.
I have stolen names, quirks, special abilities, dreams, memories, pets, jobs, hobbies, clothing, locations, etc. from family and people I know and placed them in my stories. You know what they say - fact is stranger than fiction.
Maybe you can find a place for one of these unique, but ordinary, objects in your next story of fiction.
Posted byJanet Smart on Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch.