Never Let the Facts get in the Way of Good Story
Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. It amazes me that some authors think that’s a true statement. Maybe it’s just me. I know a story is imaginary and didn’t really happen, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make it one that could happen.
One of the things that slows me down the most when writing is reality. I know it’s crazy, especially when I write paranormal as well as contemporary romance, but it does. I want my stories to be believable. I hate the idea of someone saying… ‘oh that could never happen’… when reading my books.
There are two times when people can say this. One is when they couldn’t believe people would be that cruel, giving, stupid, etc. I’ve had people say it’s ridiculous that the three girls of my Growing Strong Series gave up their scholarships for the fourth girl. That kind of disbelief is one of human spirit and is based on our own journeys in life. I get that. Not everyone has had friends that loyal. Much like I have problems with criminal minds because I don’t see how it’s okay for the antagonist to kill three people, but if the hero kills in retribution he deserves to die for wronging the original killer.
The other ‘that can’t happens’ come from knowing how things work in different fields. I recently was watching a movie and thought there are some things that should have been fact checked. Like the fact you can’t get a collect call from a prison at two in the morning. Or the fact that a murder trial, no matter how quickly it’s pushed through is still going to take at least three months. So, you’re not going to be able to go to the scene and find fresh cigarettes butts after three months in Chicago during the winter. There’s a weird thing that happens in Chicago in the winter, it’s called snow.
This is where you’ll lose a reader or viewer. There’s only so much imagination one can take. Backing up your writing with facts and making sure that, yes, that is the drug that would be dispensed during a stroke is not to make you as the writer look smart. It’s to make you as the writer keep your audience.
Let me know what book or movie threw you out by ignoring the facts?