I love doing research for books, and I love doing it for blog articles. But it can be frustrating, because I’m used to making things up myself, so when I come up with a sentence that I now have to fact check and I find myself incorrect, it can be more than a little annoying. This is, I think, a large part of the reason I never pursued journalism as a career. Shonda Rhimes said it best when she said:
“…I make stuff up for a living… fiction is my job. Fiction is it. Fiction is my jam. Fiction is everything. Fiction is my jam.”
I happen to agree. Writing stories, and creating stories from nothing is what I love. It’s what I’ve loved for a long time, and I happen to think I’m pretty good at it. But it can get in the way of the truth at times. It sometimes makes me second guess my own emotions. Do I really feel this way, or am I just saying it because it sounds like something I should say. A lot of people love to say they hate drama, but as writer’s we sort of thrive off it to a point. Drama fuels any good story, and there are times, whether we mean to or not, we can over dramatize things in our own lives. I would say this is just me, but read Chuck Wendig’s: Beware of Writer and then get back to me.
I’m a huge fan of that blog post, even if I disagree with some points; because a lot of it, is scarily accurate.
Fiction is what I do, which means sometimes, when I’m writing and the facts don’t go my way, it can be more than a little annoying. The great thing about fiction (particularly fantasy) is that you can make up your own facts. You can create a world in which the sky really is lime green and no one can debate you, because it’s your world, and your story, and the truth has no bearing here. There’s also a propensity for a deeper truth that one may not be able to admit otherwise in Fiction, but that’s a different article entirely.