I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE TELLING PRETTY STORIES
There is no direct correlation between the most detailed, elaborate story you can tell – and the ‘real life’ it may be based on.
We know that – and ignore it – every time we read, and not just read fiction.
Choices are made. Real life is edited – to make more sense. To make any sense at all.
Even the language we use for stories has too many choices.
But the core? Is the core something worth while?
Most writers don’t even ask themselves this question; they just start writing.
But I had a period when I wondered if it was somehow wrong to tell tales that couldn’t be true, could never happen.
I was surprised to find I had boosted the same old post twice in less than a month. Clearly, I need to remember what I’ve done – and keep track better!
I’ll do another Oldie but Goodie soon – and put the actual date instead of an approximate one in the heading.
Let me get some sleep, some bloodwork, and some writing done first tomorrow. Sigh.
Well you know, the themes. Even when the plot is farce and the characters are supernatural, we want to read on the themes. Tell us stories of triumph and romance and loyalty and adventure. We do so want our themes.
Here’s the list:
Love is based on trust
Children matter – and must be protected
Beliefs are important
Beliefs lead to action
Right beliefs lead to right action
Good will prevail
Life throws stuff at you
How you handle it is who you are
You can’t stay married to someone who doesn’t want you
Some people are objectively better than others
Evil exists – and can’t be excused
Love transcends age
And disabled people are people
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It’s a good list. I find truth in those statements.
They’re all in Pride’s Children, because I won’t write that many books in my lifetime.