5 things I love about fiction


1. Three minutes, or even just a split second can take pages to describe. Or a day can be done in a line.

2. There’s material in every breath.

3. You get to take things that have happened to you and try them out with alternative endings. Real fact of life is really just a suggestion.

4. Research. It’s a great excuse to do all sorts of crazy shit you would otherwise never get away with. Forget to change your top for four days while you were writing? Research for a character. Slept with a 24-year-old by accident? Research for a character. Ate KFC? Research for a character.

5. Someone bothering you? Write them in and give them either greasy hair, strange sexual tendencies, an odd smell, or a violently bizarre and gruesome (yet somehow deeply satisfying) death.

I’m on the hunt for more reasons to love fiction. Please feel free to add your own.

This post originally appeared here on BookSA.

3 responses to “5 things I love about fiction”

  1. liquid pixel says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!! I’ve always felt people need to watch who they piss off – that person may just have a wee talent like writing to fall back on…I like to call it Writers’ Revenge: piss me off? Appear as a character with BO and halitosis in my next novel. Oh, yes…

  2. Gail says:

    one should never let the fact interfere with a good story!

  3. Peatree says:

    of course this is the same reason you should never piss off the people who handle your food… never NEVER understood people who are rude to restaurant staff, um – hellloooooo?
    perhaps being written into a novel is even worse though as hundreds could recognise you in the awful character created!

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