John Palcewski (forioscribe) wrote,
John Palcewski

Words, words, words...

neurophyre wrote yesterday:

How can I be sure this is reality?

I replied:

When events become more bizarre than science fiction, I ask myself the same question. For a novelist the problem gets worse. Good fiction is based on TRUTH. And when the truth itself is bizarre, well, the reader just can't believe it. So you have to alter, hold back, amend, edit. Which is a form of lying.

What to do? What to do?

neurophyre said:

I once read something (about movies, but it applies to fiction in general) about how you can ask your audience to believe the impossible, and they'll do so without question, but ask them to believe the improbable and they will reject it.

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Before I turned to fiction I was for many years a photojournalist, newspaper reporter, magazine editor/writer. Thus I am compelled to accurately document and report everything I see and hear. To find exactly the right words to convey what is before me, what has moved me, what has in fact shaped me. I keep looking for those words.

But don’t be fooled. Despite that serious frown, I’m a happy man!

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