They say that fiction is harder to write than true-life stories, because fiction has to make sense.
A friend of mine recently told me a true tale of astonishing machinations in the local politics of her small town.
“If you put that in a novel, I wouldn’t believe it,” I said.
Likewise, the Chilean Miners’ story or the Apollo 13 story would have been roundly mocked as unbelievable, idealistic, romantic nonsense if offered up as fiction by careless writer.
Fictionalize an almost-unbelievable real-life story
- Think of the most outrageous story anyone ever told you about their family, their vacation, their town. Find a way to write the story and make it believable.
- You may have to change some of the elements: dial up or back on the drama.
- You may have to invent reasons for coincidences, where none existed in real life — just as Nature abhors a vaccuum; Story abhors a coincidence!
- If you’re really stuck, try searching the web for incredible real-life escapes, near-misses, or surprises.
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