Noun: 1. Prose literature, esp. short stories and novels, about imaginary events and people (www.dictionary.com)
I believe that the definition for fiction is not quite as accurate as it could be. This is not to say that it is entirely wrong; on the contrary it is true – but so incomplete.
As previously stated in other posts, the best writing comes from the heart. The best writing is something that is a part of who you are. When you write what you know and what you feel there is a power in it that is otherwise lost. You could be wondering where I am going with this and what fact has to do with fiction, but just stick with me.
The fact on fiction is this: WRITE REAL.
Fiction is almost completely inspired by what is real around us. It could be a sunset, a quote, a news report — anything! We are creative beings. The smallest bit of inspiration can bring on an entire book or foundation for a series of books. Often times I will base my characters in my books on real people who I know. This does several things:
- My characters take on not only a more solid personality, but also have an emotional depth to them that otherwise would be harder to create.
- Allows me to easily flow with the inspiration that comes from being with these people.
- It creates a consistency with how the characters act, react and respond making them seemingly more “real” in the story.
Fact of the matter is, fiction comes out of what is REAL to us as writers. We create something new, out of something we know. Even fantasy comes from somewhere. How creatively can we twist fact to create our fictitious worlds? What other facts on fiction do you have?