Friday, January 31, 2020

Stranger than fiction, stranger than real life - writing wisdom from Lawrence Block

The difference between fiction and non-fiction is that fiction must be absolutely believable. --Mark Twain

If real life were fiction, you couldn't get the damn thing published. --Lawrence Block

This popped up in my email today from Writer's Digest. It's a lengthy but excellent article titled "Stop Making Sense: Explaining Some Fiction Rules of Logic". It's from a 1990 issue but still completely and totally relevant. It was also written by Lawrence Block, an Edgar and Shamus winner and MWA Grand Master, so it's got that going for it. Do check it out if you're looking for some writing wisdom, it's well worth your time.

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