Is It Only Just Fiction?

Is a fictitious work actually ever just fiction? Once the words unfold a scene, happenstances occur, and characters come to life in your mind’s eye, is it any longer only fiction? If a work is truly memorable, then it becomes part of your life experience.

While those people and things and events may not have actually happened to you in your daily existence, in your mind and in your memory, they did. Perhaps, our lives are all a great work of fiction, a grand lie authored supposedly for our benefit, but rarely ever giving us a fair piece of the action or the profits.

I could go on for some time proving to you that certain things I write about didn’t actually happen, or I did not actually feel such and such a way about a particular thing. Perhaps, I was simply bullshitting for the sake of creating art. Or, I could try and convince you that everything you know is but a lie.

A little make-believe or a little pretend is hardly bad. It’s vital to play, in fact. There’s such a thing as too much work. My issue has been that people will often take things simply at face value. People in our day and age covet gossip, half-baked ideas, and “half-truths” – if there’s truly such a thing – that can only go to damage our perceptions about things. 

Too many of us take such misinformation to heart without using true powers of observation. I’m not saying this is true of everyone. Sometimes, I make sweeping generalizations to my detriment. But, overall, I see far too much in the way of lies and fables. Unfortunately, these lies often are made to the detriment of others by warping their perceptions of what’s actually true.

I aim to make sure everything I put in print is true. How I may dress my words, my opinions, my reflections, and yes, even my fables and fictions may appear to be lies. But, I can assure you they are always veiled truths when you consider them long enough.

~ Amelia <3

Amelia Desertsong is a former content marketing specialist turned essayist and creative nonfiction author. She writes articles on many niche hobbies and obscure curiosities, pretty much whatever tickles her fancy.
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