TRUTH AND FICTION
Writing makes a map, and there is something about a journey that begs to have its passage marked.
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
Otto von Bismarck
My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.
The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.
Philip K. Dick
Rule one of reading other people's stories is that whenever you say 'well that's not convincing' the author tells you that's the bit that wasn't made up. This is because real life is under no obligation to be convincing.
Story is to human beings what the pearl is to the oyster.
Our lives with all their miracles and wonders are merely a discontinuous string of incidents – until we create the narrative that gives them meaning
Why would anybody lie? The truth is always more colourful.
Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie.
Use your imagination. Trust me, your lives are not interesting. Don't write them down.
W. B. Kinsella
Stories open up new paths, sometimes send us back to old ones, and close off still others. Telling and listening to stories we too imaginatively walk down those paths – paths of longing, paths of hope, paths of desperation.
Fiction is about stuff that's screwed up.
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.
I once asked Barbara Stanwyck the secret of acting. She said: 'Just be truthful – and if you can fake that, you've got it made'.
Thus, in a real sense, I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility.
No tale tells all.
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.
Truth maybe stranger than fiction, but fiction is truer.
I write fiction because it's a way of making statements I can disown.
Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything.
...upon finishing her first novel
Get you facts first, and then you can distort 'em as much as you please.
Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.