That's what fiction is for...

As a reader, I love learning about people, places, situations and lives I will never have the time or opportunity to live for myself.

One of my favourite books which is an example of this quote about fiction is Richard North Patterson’s “Balance of Power”. It’s an exploration of the gun debate from the points of view of characters on all sides of the issue. I loved trying to understand different points of view, some so foreign and opposite to my own experience, getting some balance on such a huge debate.

Fiction gives a writer the chance to put the characters through their paces, torture them a little with heartwrenching conflict before ensuring they get what they long for and ultimately deserve.


Vocabulary of Truth

Particularly useful for a writer is a vocabulary of truth and simplicity. In writing as much as in our everyday life, simplicity and clarity are trumps.

As much fun as it may be, using obscure, fancy words, might impress only those who are like-minded. Readers who read for entertainment,  recreation or enlightenment may not wish to work so hard to understand our words and ideas.

Winston Churchill knew what he was talking about.