I especially like the Tom Clancy quote. Read Joan Hall’s thoughts about real life experiences used for fiction on Story Empire.
Hey, SE Readers. Joan here today with more of my thoughts on writing.
“Truth is stranger than fiction.”
Probably everyone has heard this quote or some variation. If you google for who wrote it, you’re not likely to get a definitive answer. Some say it was Lord Byron, while others attribute the quote to Mark Twain.
Even Tom Clancy got in on the game when he said:
“The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense.”
Clancy was right. Truth is often strange, and life doesn’t always make sense. There are some things we can’t make up.
I’ve been a people watcher for years—long before I became a writer. Sitting in a crowded shopping mall, airport, or restaurant is at the least entertaining. Last year, I wrote a post about how we can use observations for story ideas.
But we also have our own experiences. And yes, some…
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