About a year ago I wrote the beginning of a story I had wanted to explore for a long time.
I called it this because I was attempting to establish Fridays, on my new blog at the time, as the days when I would try writing fiction. This was opposed to Mondays when I thought memoir would be the thing to write.
Well, let’s just say that a lot has changed and this blog has developed and evolved since I wrote that, but I have still not been able to figure something out…
I know there’s a lot of truth in fiction. It can’t be helped. Fiction is all things made up, or is it?
**“This proverbial saying is attributed to, and most certainly coined by, Lord Byron, in the satirical poem Don Juan , 1823:
‘ Tis strange – but true; for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction;
if it could be told,
How much would novels gain by the exchange! How differently the world would men behold! How oft would vice and virtue places change! The new world would be nothing to the old, if some Columbus of the moral seas would show mankind their soul’ antipodes.”**
I won’t lie and say that there is no truth in that story I began to write. Anyone who knows me well, specifically family members, they could tell this right away.
The woman in the story is a clear reference to someone in my own life. I got my inspiration from her. Isn’t that where many story ideas start?
Well, it is for me.
As much as I love writing memoir, there is something about fiction that can’t be compared.
As I say on my About Me page on my blog, fiction gives a freedom that memoir does not, but that does not make me feel a whole lot better.
I guess I’ve just never been someone who can come up with totally imaginary worlds and populate them with completely created characters.
My ideas start from somewhere real and true, but this crosses the line that sometimes happens in writing.
This brings out my fears every single time I write something. I hate the thought that someone somewhere might read and be offended, seeing something in my words, real or imagined, that they believe is about them.
I know all those disclaimers on television shows, in movies, and in books that says any resemblance to real persons, places, or events is unintentional.
This is to protect people, but we are talking my own writing here.
I write to help me figure things out, how to put my life in perspective, and to bring clarity where their was only chaos.
This all goes on in my mind most of the time, but it comes out on the page/screen.
I tried, for many years, to not write and to not rock the boat. I hid from any possible rejection or criticism I feared writing might bring me.
this was unbearable and stifling.
Now here I am. I am hardly in any sort of Oprah and “A Million Little Pieces” scenario:
Do you remember that whole situation?
But I find it a curious thing.
Now here I am again and have been attempting to confront this fear. I shouldn’t feel bad for expressing myself, if my conscience is really clear.
I am proud of what I write and anything that has come of that is done without malice, but I realize I can’t really worry about what others might think.
Yeah, when I figure out how to completely not worry about that, I will let you know here.
I have not written any conjoining parts to the story I began from above.
I would love to tell even a version of that old woman’s story, but am not sure I can do that.
I have experienced things recently, heartbreaking instances of harsh reality, for those I love. I can’t quite do anything, at this time, to hurt them, whether they think so or not.
I think it is an extremely interesting issue. What do you think?
Authors and writers and people who read.
How much of what you write, as far as fiction goes, is completely made up and how much of it comes from your own real life?
It brings back the notion of how truth truly can be stranger than fiction, but both have their place.
All this talk makes me want to see one of my favourite movies, Stranger Than Fiction, again.
If you have not seen this particular film yet, go and check it out. It’s a will Ferrell classic and one of his best performances…not to mention the ones given by the rest of the cast: Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. .
Also, as a fan of literature, I just think it’s a really cool storyline.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
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