Meetup 033: The rules of fiction

What does truth mean in fiction?
Because the first premise of fiction is that it is not true i.e The characters do not exist that events
never happened.
What do we mean then by truth in fiction?
The truth we recognize as human beings- How we are with each other. Our weaknesses, how we interact, and how we lead our lives.
Thats the kind of truth that we look for in fiction and Literature.
– Salman Rushdie

Last weekend, we had Prithvi host another wonderful session on fiction and the rules encompassing writing great fictive stories. Starting off with a Salman Rushdie quote, Prithvi made a pleasant impact on all of our stories.

In it’s very primal and simple terms,¬†Fiction is make-believe, imaginary. If a story’s true, it’s non-fiction. If it’s made up, it’s fiction. Have you ever read a fiction book where you started to care about the characters, where you felt as if they were your friends or your enemies? Have you ever felt as if you’d actually visited an imaginary place that you read about in a novel?
As writers, we can create a kind of dream in the reader’s mind.

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The Exercise:

The activity at hand was to pen down an impressionable fiction story that would follow the given guidelines. We have had a few rules charted out by Kurt Vonnegut and John Dufersne, read out specifically for the session to be worked ahead over the story.

Find more on the meetup material here: WC Meetup 033

See you guys, next weekend, when we have more fun, more writing on another interesting theme! As always, please feel free to share your feedback on the theme and meetup, in the comments section.