Sunday Writing Essential (SunWe, 01/19/14, Truth and Lies)
This week we’re doing a continuation of last week’s theme, imagination, by focusing on making writing accessible to a reader. There are two things you need to write: the ability to make unreal things seem real and the ability to create scenes and scenarios without boring your readers.
The essence of writing fiction is creating made up stories and making them believable, constructing an unreal world people want to accept as true while they read. Turning lies into truth if you will, making the unreal seem real.
The essence of non-fiction is taking facts and making them more entertaining, dressing them up in fancy packaging and pretty bows made of words. Not lying, but still putting a certain spin on the truth. It’s the writer’s job to create an explanation of facts that won’t lull readers to sleep.
Either way, a good writer has to sell their words, and make the reader want to turn the page.
So this week we’ll be concentrating on telling the truth and lies. The purpose of this exercise is to make readers wonder what is true and what isn’t, while still entertaining them.
Choose an event from your life, a birthday party, a wedding, a vacation, etc.
Now write two stories about that event: one fiction, one non-fiction (sorry no poetry for this one). Keep each story short, a few paragraphs should do, and each one should be entertaining and sound like its true (even though one will be a big fat lie).
What I want to see in each story:
Descriptive word choices
You can make it serious, folksy, humorous, whatever style you like, but the goal is to get readers to accept, believe and enjoy both stories. You can reveal the lie and the truth at the end of the post if you wish, or keep us guessing, it’s up to you.
The List of Things to Do:
- Add this Challenge Statement to the post: Choose an event from your life, a birthday party, a wedding, a vacation, etc. Now write two stories about that event: one fiction, one non-fiction (sorry no poetry for this one). Keep each story short, a few paragraphs should do, and each one should be entertaining and sound like its true (even though one will be a big fat lie).
- Put (SunWE, 01/19/14, Truth and Lies) in your post title.
- Be sure to tag your post with SunWE, Gather Writing Essential, and Truth and Lies.
- Then post it to Gather Writing Essential. You can also comment below with the link to your post to ensure I find it.
- And try to post it by next Sunday.
There is also a limit of three submissions from each member per day which you can follow or ignore at your discretion.
And here are the six wonderful posts I found for last week’s Imagination challenge:
SunWE, 01/12/14, Imagination: THE Box… by Vicki R.
JACK IN THE BOX: SunWE, 01/12/14, Imagination) by David W.
SunWE- Sunday Writing Essentials Challenge 1/12/2014 Imagination – “Sharons Magic” by Heather – child of God, C.
The Gift Box by Joy Bee
If I missed reading yours, let me know.