Okay, I changed the title of my blog for the…I don’t remember. Maybe the 8th time. When I told my wife I was calling it Worded Blurb, she was confused, so I knew it was a dumb idea. Obviously, the blog is not always going to be about coffee, but when I write, coffee is always close by, even if I’ve already had ten cups. As is the case right now. My mug is just to my left.
Yesterday, I was thinking about writing, which I do a lot. It occurred to me that in order to be a good fiction writer you have to be a pretty good liar. Honestly. This is not a reflection on any writer, anywhere. Only me. Think about it! A person has to be able to make up stories that are not true, which, in essence, makes them lies, in order to convince someone else the story is real. Right? If the writer can’t make the reader believe the story is true, she won’t get lost in the plot, engulfed in the scene and fall in love with or hate the characters.
When you think about it, this includes all fiction, written, filmed, portrayed, acted. Take sitcoms for example. Lies! And that’s good! Real life is funny, sad, heartbreaking, confusing, and unpredictable. Billions of dollars proves it works. People love to be fooled!
Commercials drive me nuts, especially the ones about drugs. Some older, good looking guy tells us his body is not what it used to be, so he can’t run twenty mile marathons in the same time he once did. And right about now, in very small print, the text says, “Actor Portrayal.” That means this guy probably hasn’t run a race since he was in junior high phys-ed class! I know it’s crazy, but that really bugs me!
So, does it bother me to read endless murder mysteries by an author with the same two main characters? Of course not! I love those!
So, what we end up with, is coffee. Writing, plotting, scheming, editing, creating and wiping out characters, becoming upset when a character begins to take over even though we didn’t plan it that way. Who does he think he is! That’s when you sit back, and drink more coffee. Maybe even go get your favorite barista special.
Life really is a lot of fiction. Even the stuff that’s true, because everything is by interpretation. I need some more coffee.
Have a great day.