Fiction is another word for lie. It is an untruth, yet we can learn so many truths about ourselves from reading fiction.

Fiction allows us to experience things that we may never otherwise experience. Fantasy worlds where dragons exist and romances where love bends the fabric of reality itself. But fiction also allows us to prepare for feelings that we’re eventually going to have- love, hate, fear, courage, pain, and happiness, among others. Fiction is a tool preparing us to enter the different stages of life. Lies readying us to deal with truths. A paradox when your really think about it.

If you want to write fiction you have to understand that first. Then, with a little thought and some structure, you can tell your story.

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