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Is Fiction often more Real than Facts?
The Art of Writing Fiction
Reading a novel can be a reflection, a mirror of the reader's own life, or what their perceptions are; what people do, think believe in and feel. That way the story could be experienced as fact.
Reading fiction can also be a tool of escape. Readers want to temporarily escape from the world they are living in.
How fiction becomes fact
Some might say “No that surely does not happen.” but it does.
A recent survey focused on schoolchildren in the UK asked them about Sherlock Holmes. The majority believed he was a real person! |While writing this article a link arrived in my Skype! Guess what? It’s on the topic of how fiction becomes fact. An academic has found that We’ve Invented Jesus Christ' He offers proof that the Roman aristocrats fabricated the entire story of Jesus Christ as a psychological tools to help control a rebellious empire.
The common perceptions about works of fiction
To most people fiction means “something made up,” as compared to “things that really happened,” such as the data of science. Some readers are suspicious of it, so they never read fiction. So often the word “fiction” carries a literary criticism, meaning “falsehood.” Fiction for me is about the content of what people create and experience.
In visionary fiction we use metaphors, like for example foretelling the future. Either the characters in the story reject these oracles and instead shape their own fate, or they become their own observer by allowing their intuitive nature to take control. The reader can, through reading the story, learn how the characters attract their reality to be what it is. Or they learn (through reading a novel) how to respond so they do not attract what they don’t want in their lives.
How can reading ‘fiction’ help any writer about factual topics?
How can reading ‘fiction’ help any writer about factual topics?
Ever read books by Bryce Courtenay? He is just one example. This brilliant author, who sadly passed over last year, must have done a hell of a lot of research before sculpturing his novels. I learned a lot about the Maori culture, the Australian aborigines, the monstrosities that went on in the Far East during the Second World War and more. By reading his novels not only did I learn the art of shaping my own characters, but it broadened my general knowledge.
Research and again research because even in a novel, you must NEVER insult the reader by writing a fictional plot without proper knowledge of the topic.
- Writers can never write about a courtroom, unless they are lawyers, or at least work in a courtroom or took the trouble to follow several cases for in detail!
- Writers cannot for m a plot about the goings on in a hospital, unless they have nursing or another occupation that involves what happens in a hospital in their background.
It astounded me to discover when I first joined my publisher as a partner in his publishing business that some of his authors had never read anything. No book at all!
Can we write fiction for nonfiction readers?
That was a question I asked myself after I joined Kima Global Publishers
I was under the impression that all authors are readers, especially if they write fiction! I learned through our publishing company that some writers seem to think they can get away with writing a ‘great book ‘without ever having read a book in their lives.
O.K., if they write a vivid story purely from a personal experience, like the mother whose son was murdered, or the manuscript is from someone who has written about their client’s transformation, who has been coming to their practice, or they have years of experience as facilitators in workshops on the topic they write about, then maybe that might still work, but ...I still can’t relate to writers who are no readers themselves.
Personally I’ve learned that I’ve chosen a difficult genre to write about in fiction and non-fiction. At the beginning I was under the impression that readers would have the same passion I have, which is to wake up from this dream world of ours; that these readers would be certain to be drawn to my topic, but then I learned that these readers rarely read fiction. Maybe some might go for science fiction, but then my books might be too confrontational.
My experience is that readers of mainly non-fiction books rarely pick up a novel. They are totally ignorant about the hidden facts that novels in their topic of interest might be factual! They miss out on a lot!
Writing fiction is far more difficult than writing a non-fiction book!
I so vividly remember a point in my novel where my main character enjoys a flight in a private plane to the Austrian Alps. The plot required that her flight had to be in a plane that could take 8 people.
After doing plenty of research at the local library and later online, I realized I needed a personal experience. I would have made a big mistake if I had not done that. I learned that stepping on a wing to enter a small plane would never work in the plane I was describing. They enter the plane from the back! Also what navigating equipment would be used and how long would the trip take?
This research was only to be used on one page of the whole novel!
It also emerged that the main character’s cat had changed gender during the novel! Small details but very important!
Most novels are heavily researched.
A good crime writer has either a background in the police force, or is a crime reporter for several newspapers. (image of Deon Meyer ‘s books)
A good medical novel is often written by doctors themselves. I love the books by Robin Cook, a pathologist who writes medical novels with a crime twist, to give an example!
Napoleon Hill was a great entrepreneur who wrote fantastic short stories in his book that inspired millions. Richard Bach, a pilot himself, wrote novels that are still found on most bookshelves today. My absolute favorite, Carlos Castaneda, also wrote from experience.
During my research for Richard’s two novels The Astral Explorer and The Cosmic Traveller I enjoyed the novels on ancient Egypt by Wilber Smith, especially when I did a lot of checking up on his dates. In one of his novels he explores alternate time zones; and to my surprise he made a mistake in mentioning a currency that was no longer in use at the time he was writing about. His editor missed that!
The Awakening Clan
A group of telepaths explore what their world might be like in the years from 2012 to 2025. Ingrid Barendse lives a normal life, working as a maintenance administrator in Holland. Unknown to her colleagues, a message appears on her powered down computer screen from the mysterious POWAH an unknown force who informs her of the Awakening Clan, a soul group who are investigating the truth behind immortality. Ingrid meets up with some of the people she got to know through a workshop about the Language of Light, where they learned to recognize who belongs to their soul family.
How does that work for the science fiction or fantasy genres?
I personally believe that these authors do research during their sleep! I have no knowledge of the background of Julian May, a woman who wrote terrific science fiction and fantasy novels, but I’m sure she did her amount of research properly. Writing fiction is far more difficult than writing non-fiction! I’ve done both. To write fiction a writer needs to see, hear, smell, taste and feel what their characters go through; how their personalities react to situations and what behavior fits their character profile.
My own library is so diverse in topics that my inner voice says “God, I have so much to do, that I can never afford to die!”
When I write about the adventures of my character Tulanda, who comes from a parallel universe, I need to dig deep into my own akashic archives, and at the same time do research on the latest discoveries about my topic. I need to combine a rather creative but non-fiction genre into a plot driven story that is plausible.
I feel very honored to be included amongst the great writers and authors in this forum in this my second half century. I started this life as a dyslexic, non- English speaking housewife who loved to read, but would never have dreamed of becoming an author herself.
What we can imagine we can make real.
The Language of Light
It is possible to communicate with every person on the planet, regardless of what language they speak? Is there a telepathic connection between each human being who is on a similar wavelength? This fully illustrated mind drawing workbook takes the reader on an inner journey by tapping into the language of their soul.
The truth behind fiction
- Journey from being a writer to a published author
Nadine the author to Nadine a publisher. After years of exploring social networks as an author and a publisher, I realize that surfing through cyberspace is like traveling in a parallel universe.
- Follow your heart no matter what others say!
How many of us are told from a young age that the most important thing is to choose an occupation that is always in demand, so that you will never be poor!
- Is writing a novel a learned skill?
Everybody can learn a skill if the interest to do so is there. How good a person is at their skill is an altogether different matter. A writer of any topic MUST have a passion for writing to succeed.
© 2013 Nadine May