Why write fiction?
We know what non-fiction is for, to inform, to give us facts, to paint the picture as it is or was through the eyes of the writer.
Doesn’t fiction tell the truth?
Ask author Tim O’Brien,
“That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.”
Tim wrote about his experiences in Viet Nam. Fiction over fact, the super equation to let the truth, his truth, read as a greater sum through the eyes of a fictional character.
George Saunders teaches creative writing at Syracuse University’s MFA program talks about fiction,
“To me, fiction is the ultimate form of “doing something”. An idea or notion or image leaves the writer’s mind, goes directly into the reader’s, and has the potential to change what it finds there.”
Fiction can change a reader’s mind in a heightened way, a remarkable way that no amount of facts in non-fiction can.
Fiction is pretty damn powerful.
Tom Clancy wasn’t afraid to write about possibilities as truth. He was quoted in 1986,
“I’ve made up stuff that’s turned out to be real…”
We may still wait for the real dinosaurs, but Clancy gave us a solid reason for writing fiction.
Writing fiction lets you make stuff up.
And it is always real to someone.
Question: Why do you write fiction?
Christina is leading a workshop on January 16th in Atlanta GA called the 60 Scenes Writing Method.