Saturday, 28 September 2013

writing...


Writing isn't about being experimental, it's about finding what is true.


Zadie Smith


7 comments:

  1. Hi dear Joanna... :)

    By "finding what is true" in writing, do you talk only about writing like journalism, like writing diaries, and even writing fiction based on facts?

    But how about writing fantasy fiction? The main reason why writers of fantasy fiction write, is because they find the real world too lousy, so they write about imaginary things that people could take refuge into, so that they'd be away from the harsh world of reality. Or fantasy writers write about things by-gone, again to serve as a refuge from the harsh reality.

    So as far as fantasy fiction is concerned, how can be writing "finding what is true" if a fantasy writer denies what is the truth, denies what is real in order to invent something that is not real, not true, to make readers have that fantasy world as a refuge..?

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    1. I would say that even authors of fantasy fiction write what they know. They may write about love or space or another planet- but that is what may be so vivid and real to them it comes across to the author that there is a real world out there!
      To them, the truth could be anything, we are all different. But many times I have heard people say you should write about what you know- because then you will be able to write more freely, because you know the subject so well.

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  2. The motive of a true writer is never to fascinate the readers just by fiction, but its a method to make truth understandable to them.

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    1. I couldn't agree more. It may also be true to the author, even if it is a fairytale world.

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    2. Yes to be more precise - Truth for a writer is the message, the feelings that she/he intent to deliver to larger audience, it can be friendship, love, sincerity, aggression, patriotism, social reform or can be an imaginary world where we can learn righteous human feelings.

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  3. I agree with what you said that we should write about what we know :) That's the convention :)

    When an author of fantasy fiction or fairy tale tells you that what he writes is true, that those characters really exist in another, but real world, would you believe him honestly??

    For me, I do believe it. :)

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  4. I have a poem that I wrote I would like to share with you on this site. Is there a way I can send it?

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