So it’s April Fool’s Day. A day of practical jokes and elaborate hoaxes, when the line between fact and fiction blur. Many of the jokes / hoaxes are reused and recycled over the years (which is always good for the environment), so “everyone” knows that they’re fake; then again, there are some that are unexpected that it’s difficult to discern its validity. The setup and delivery of the “news” article / post / tweet needs to be crafted in a way that makes you second-guess whether or not it’s true. The one that comes to my mind on this day was the “news” article announcing that George Takei was going to run for public office. It seemed plausible (and possible), and almost too good to be true – and it turned out not to be true (which is a shame, really, given the political climate in America these days).
Needless to say, it’s wise to not trust anything or anyone on this day.
Oh, that rhymes (sort of) – and I’m not so much of a poet (and I know it).
The (shifting) line(s) between fact and fiction within a story is a tricky path to take, considering the fact that fiction is essentially not true to begin with – every aspect of the story is made up from the writer’s imagination. Truth within the fictional world is subjective and potentially questionable as well, depending on the perspective from which the narrative unfolds. The protagonist and antagonist often have opposing viewpoints as to their role in the story, and will believe their motives are “right”. With that said/written, the same story could (potentially) be told multiple times and still be different, depending on who is narrating the story (if it’s told first person perspective), or in the cast of third person perspective (omniscient or limited), which character is prominently featured.
Since I’ve committed myself to writing a series saga worth of stories (many of which have been loosely sketched out), the urge to consolidate and condensify the number of stories is tempting. To tell one long story from several (different) points of view so that each novel is a puzzle piece when put together creates an intricate work or art (or at least an interesting mosaic). Refining and moving about all those pieces will take time and a white board (at least) with different colored markers (because colors make everything make sense). The sequence of events (from every angle) will need to be analyzed for its plausibility, and the potential offshoot tangents created (which might create spin-off series or AU fan fiction).
I’m (probably) overthinking all of this, but that’s the planning, plotting and pondering part before the actual!writing part gets underway. The pantsing approach won’t help (as much) as the planning approach, though they could (should?) work concurrently. The reality in the fictional world can be whatever the writer wants it to be, whether it’s based on real world events (past or present), an imagined future, or a world not like any other.
What is real and what is not is for the writer to decide, though I wonder if there are stories out there based on an April Fool’s prank. It’d be interesting to write stories based around various holidays (though technically speaking April Fool’s Day isn’t an official holiday, though some might argue otherwise).
Then again, I should probably stick to the quasi-established works in progress first.
Spring has sprung in the Land of Exposition. Time to get writing. Again.