What is fiction?
a. An imaginative creation or a pretense that does not represent actuality but has been invented.
b. The act of inventing such a creation or pretense.
One of the beauties of being a novel writer is the freedom to create characters and ultimately a story. A piece of work that is entertaining as it takes the reader into a different world, a previously unknown world. A good writer will have the reader believing that the novel is true and actually happened. And this becomes one of the dangers as an author.
Many writers, myself included, look at the world around us to create characters, scenes and actions. We may mix truth with fiction, real characters and situations with false actions to produce a novel. Writing fiction is an extension of what naturally happens in the world around us, unless you’re writing science fiction. Events, actions and dialogue must achieve the same effect as non-fiction. The end result is readers get blurred and the fictional piece becomes part of their reality.
We also use research to dive deep into a subject. We have to know that subject extensively to convince the reader that the story is actually happening. You don’t want your audience thinking, well that could never happen. The story no longer becomes desirable and the book is never finished. Readers will only “suspend disbelief” for a limited time.
Good fiction writing draws the reader into the novel because the characters and story seems interesting and believable. The characters will be likable, detested, annoying and loved. The story will have conflicts and resolutions as it moves forward.
Fiction makes life interesting. My first novel, Intimate Encounters, and the one I’m working on now are both fiction. My blog includes excerpts from my first novel, as well as my second. It also includes random thoughts and travel both fiction and non-fiction. In any writing, the truth depends more on the writer than the facts.
For my fellow writers, do you agree or disagree?