Umpires of reality


Birth and death. Mutually exclusive or synergetic? In an unlikely twist to this week’s bumpy ride, our old dog Hercules has only a couple of days left on this mortal coil. Needless to say I haven’t thought much about writing this week. My mind has been focused on the little person growing inside and making memories of the last days of an old dog’s life. It’s amazing to me how things happen in bunches, yet in fiction we are taught that moderation is the key to a good story. We are taught to be umpires of reality, to select incidents according to their appeal or marketability. I’ve heard it said that fiction is the art of lying creatively. Ultimately, though fiction reflects reality. Even the most outrageous fiction holds truth in the subtext. Reality is something none of us can escape, not even writers.

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About Sharon

Writer, bibliophile, dreamer and student of everything
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4 Responses to Umpires of reality

  1. vanyieck says:

    I maintain that writers express the truth creatively.

  2. jenniferneri says:

    I really like that – umpires of reality.

    Just had a conversation today about the intermingling of death and birth. Something we seem to forget.

  3. drtombibey says:

    Ms Sharon,

    My agent always says “Write all the fiction you want son, but always show the truth and never lie to your reader.”

    Dr. B

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