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Is Fiction often more Real than Facts?

Updated on August 5, 2017
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Nadine’s research for her visionary fiction novel series about the awakening of consciousness has led her to insights that she shares here.

Fantasy or Fiction?
Fantasy or Fiction? | Source
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes | Source

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.

Fiction or fact
Fiction or fact | Source

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.

Bryce Courtenay
Bryce Courtenay | Source
The Awakening Clan
The Awakening Clan | Source

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!

A flight in a private plane to the Austrian Alps.
A flight in a private plane to the Austrian Alps. | Source

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!

Best selling authors
Best selling authors | Source

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!

Our Akashic Records through fiction
Our Akashic Records through fiction | Source

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

The Awakening Clan (The Ascension Series)
The Awakening Clan (The Ascension Series)

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.

Nadine May


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The Language of Light
The Language of Light

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© 2013 Nadine May


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      Nadine May 6 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Marlene I'm sure you could write incredible stories about people who are house hunting, but from a real estate point of view.

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      Marlene Bertrand 6 months ago from Northern California, USA

      I have been enlightened! Seriously, it all makes sense to me now. I come from a technical writer background and find it difficult to write fiction. There is only one subject that I know like the back of my hand (real estate), but it is a boring subject where although I am passionate about the industry, I am not passionate enough to write about it. I don't know if that makes sense. I have tried with all my heart to write fiction, but I struggle with it. As you mention, unless we are an expert or have experienced something, it is difficult to write effectively about it. Thank you for sharing this article because I now have less anxiety over whether I should be a fiction or non fiction writer.

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      Nadine May 20 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      You are so right about that. When I wrote my first novel in 1995, Today what I wrote about then has all become for more known and acsepted as Truth by many readers. Thanks for your comment Sandy

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      Sandy Mertens 20 months ago from Wisconsin, USA

      More and more fiction is becoming fact.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Dear lady thank you for your compliment about writing fictional realities that can often reveal truth, least for the author. One of my favorite author: Micheal Crichton is known for it. His book 'State of fear' is a great example.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      How fortunate I feel to read this from a very accomplished writer. My two cents, fiction often allows us to write about realities that we don't want known, and to put our perspective into it. It's a healthy release from realities we face and a way of trying to resolve our personal issues. I think Truman Capote got into a lot of trouble with his friends for writing this way. I look forward to reading your books. Congratulations, just publishing one book is hard. To have published six is totally amazing.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Ha Ha like your comment. Thanks

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      somethgblue 3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

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      You would think in the digital age we wouldn't have to deal with radio static but alas the old ways die hard!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      My gosh I never saw that. I changed the that to than...Thank you for spotting that!

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      somethgblue 3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Sorry to you who have already commented on this hub. I wanted to change the video on the top but could not manage.

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      Nadine May 4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow , Wow Wow i loved your comments. Must read over it again later! Many thanks

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      somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Everything ever written is fiction or one man's perspective of history, surely Carver's perspective of Columbus would differ greatly from that same story written by a Haitian author. If we access the astral plane and write based on akashic records we still would be unable to add our own bias.

      Read my Manifest Destiny vs American Culture article for the point I'm trying to make or better yet go to this link and read my perspective of human history.

      Fascinating article and what I find even more interesting is in this day and age many very intelligent humans have been conditioned NOT to read, preferring video games, movies and TV which to me is perpetuating the conditioning process.

      Yes, the sheeple are awakening through what I suspect the Cabal hoped to be another control mechanism the internet but how many more could be further along if they picked up Two Thirds, The Law of One series or The Source Field Investigations?

      I own books that cost $200.00 and have been banned in the USA for fifty years because they hold the key to unlocking our true potential, how many people do you know that would be willing to buy a book that cost a dollar a page?

      One of the most fascinating subjects I have found is how many scientist, writers and producers (Hawkins, Einstein, Rodenberry and even Defoe were influenced by dreams. So where do they get their inspiration, proof that we all share one ultimate consciousness?

      How does humanity evolve? Through our perceptions, our minds, our ability to recognize our divine source. Reading truly unlocks these abilities after all what is our minds eye but the Pineal Gland being used.

      Another great article!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My goodness, you are an accomplished writer. I had no idea how many books you had written. Well done! It will be a pleasure learning from you.