"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."
~ Tom Clancy
"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't."
~ Mark Twain
"Rule one of reading other people's stories is that whenever you say 'well that's not convincing' the author tells you that's the bit that wasn't made up. This is because real life is under no obligation to be convincing."
~ Neil Gaiman
Hahaha! Great, isn't it? I TOTALLY AGREE. Also: SUCH A HARD LINE TO WALK. Write what you know, right? Yet, when you're reading a book, don't you hate when you come across a scene that feels like it probably happened in the author's life? Or when a character has a certain tic that kind of feels like it must be the authors tic? I guess it all comes down to including something because it feels right for THAT CHARACTER. Using what feels right for THAT STORY. Regardless of how awesome a story it was when it happened in real life.
Have you ever had something that happened in real life that you've wanted to include, but it just didn't seem convincing enough? Pretty funny how much real life can sometimes be unbelievable, isn't it?
While we're laughing about life, let's share a lace cookie! Because that's what you should do when you're laughing about life, right?
|Photo credit and recipe: Secret Life of a Chef's Wife|