Wednesday, March 19, 2014


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.


Happy Writing!



  1. Wow, great advice Janet. I've made up a few characters as I went along and added a few things to the story. They never know the difference when they're reading them. Thanks for the tips.

    1. Hi Susie, glad you visited. Isn't writing fun!

  2. This is such a fun post! I love the way you transitioned from lying to stealing, because really we do get to do all of those things.

    1. Hi C.C., I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Let's see, now...that's lying, stealing, AND cheating. Ain't writing fun! ;)

    1. And, I've always been such a good girl.


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