The Reality of Lies in Writing

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I write as the words come to me. This is just the nature of writing my truth, and it’s rarely pretty. We as writers often love to dress up our work with euphemisms and clichés, metaphors and similes. Then, we find our beautiful little stories about the “truth” of human nature become little more than pretty lies. Our works can become much like supermodels made up to be eye candy with cosmetic products and digital fakery. I’m no freaking angel myself, but I’m not afraid to be truthful about it. I am what I am, and that is all that matters.

When you peel back stories to their barest elements, at their pith they are observations of human nature, both good and bad. From our most ancient stories humanity derived various forms of religion, an even more insidious way to disseminate gift-wrapped answers to why things are what they are.

Yet, are we really supposed to understand the paradoxes of existence? Having questions without answers makes life a hell of a lot more interesting to live. At least, that’s how I feel. Many people seem to disagree with me, giving their religion a bit too much leeway in its logical fallacies. Even if many writings and religious texts are based on truth, either they are greatly exaggerated, full of artistic liberties, or truths taken so far out of context that they may as well fall into the falsehood category.

Life should not be easy. Sadly, there’s no story in that, unless there is a happy ending for somebody. Thus, that’s why stories are so important to people. A great story is the one that connects with us at the deepest level. They touch not just our emotions, but jerks them about, make us feel and think about what is really being said. Unfortunately, most stories are full of lies and absurdities that fall apart the more that we ponder them.

The most important job of a novelist, or any author, is to tell the truth as the writer sees it without hesitation or filter. While we may all disagree with their perspective, if we’re made to acknowledge and argue that perspective, then the author has already done the job. Yes, most stories will have their flaws, but that may not be at the fault of the narrator. There is truly no such thing as an omniscient narrator. Even the wisest among us don’t know everything; they know better than that. The reality of lies in writing is an inescapable one, but in telling your truth, at least you’re telling it as straight as you possibly ever could.

~ Amelia <3

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.

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