As a fiction writer I have found myself pondering the statement, “fiction is truth inside of a lie” more and more lately. It prompts me to wonder at the meaning of the word ‘truth’ as it relates to the statement. Does this interpretation of truth apply to real experience? Does it relate to statements of fact? Does it have to do with embellishing a story that contains a central parable? I wonder…
Seek out the truth in your life – follow a map and make it an adventure.
In my own writing, I try to relate my personal experiences into my story in an effort to add an element of ‘truth’. It is important to impart upon a reader some element of truth through fiction. Why? Because I want my audience to come away from my works having seen something that I have seen – having learned something that I have learned. While the backdrop may be fictional, the basis is in some way related to fact. Why is this important? While the readers demand and deserve entertainment value, I believe it is far more fulfilling to put down a book and walk away from it with an interest in something you have never encountered, and enough of an understanding of it that you might even find yourself seeking a deeper understanding of it. When you finish my books, I want to leave you wanting to KNOW more – to seek out and discover more for yourself.
So I challenge you with this: seek out and embrace the truth that is hidden within the fiction. The fiction of your life, your environment, your existence. See out truth.