Mark Twain

“The truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities, truth isn’t.” – Mark Twain

 

Is fiction obliged to stick to possibilities? I don’t know that it is, but what this means isn’t necessarily that. The truth is sometimes seemingly completely unbelievable and illogical, but nonetheless true, even when we accept fiction as fiction, it needs to be believable on some level to pull us in. Sometimes we’re more ready to believe a lie, as it suits what we’ve already decided without admitting as much to ourselves, or because a truth is a thing that seems it must be “dealt with” in some way. If you’ve ever known a seemingly impossible true thing that was tough for people to believe, or, as a writer, if you’ve ever written something that you knew to be total fiction and yet people believed it was true, well, it’s likely you understand this quote.ย  – TS

 

Featured photo, Mark Twain in his study at Quarry Farm, Credit: unknown

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