It’s good to be back in the Land of the Blogging, having been on holiday in Kos for a couple of weeks. One of the bonuses of my return is that I can, once more, participate in Silver Threading’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday.
As writers of fiction, we must ask ourselves, “What do our readers want from us?”
The answer is simple: they want a good story that is going to capture their attention, and imagination, from the first page to the last. Of course, there are pieces of ourselves, or events that we have witnessed or even read about, in most of our stories. These truths may be just grains of sand in a vast desert. They might be manipulated and enhanced until a great work of fiction grows around them. But what we are all aiming for is to tell our readers a damned good story.
Mark Twain said, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.”
This week, I am giving you two quotes for the price of one. Two times “free” is still “free.” The second one is a variation on the theme from Irishman, John Pentland Mahaffy, a contemporary of Twain. So, if you want to manufacture a great story, set your imagination free and make it all up!
“Never tell a story because it is true: tell it because it’s a good story”
John Pentland Mahaffy