My Story Is Not Real
People like to think a fictional story could be real. For example, a few people genuinely believe that Luke Skywalker is an actual person, and Star Wars is a documentary. This desire to believe is strong, and even the government of England recognizes the Jedi religion. People have Star Wars themed weddings and dress up in full costumes for conventions. Want some proof:
I enjoy fiction, and I like writing fictional stories. However, I am not a hard-core fiction fan, and I see the apparent difference between fantasy and reality. Do I look down on the hard-core fans? Not really, I think they are amusing. Yet, I still claim to be a fictional writer. One would think that to be a fictional author, a hard-core fictional mindset would be required. Hmm. It sounds like we need to explore this concept.
When I write, I visualize myself in action. “Fred got hit in the arm with a crowbar. Bam! He fell hard onto the cement steps. Deep in pain, Fred looked up at his attacker.” How did I come up with that description? I pictured myself getting into a fight and wrote what I imagined. Why did Fred get attacked with a crowbar and not a gun? Simple. I used a crowbar recently, and this seemed to be an appropriate weapon.
How did it feel to write this fictional description? Every action and emotion became mentally real. However, when I finished, I no longer thought about the topic. In the future, I will not think about this fight scene. What about something impossible?
My four blog readers know I am a man, but I have written about women. Describe a woman being kissed. I start by visualizing the action from my own male perspective and then try to imagine how a woman might feel. I do this by taking knowledge from my life experiences, books, the internet, and I also ask people for their opinions. In this way, I can write about how I think a woman would feel during the act of being kissed. This line of thinking leads to a question. Am I a woman being kissed at that moment? I suppose I am.
What about the consequences of this action? Am I in too deep? Do I consider myself to be female? Have I crossed a moral line? Of course not. I briefly “became” a woman to write a kissing scene. While writing, I have been violent, unstable, immoral, non-human, and led an alternative lifestyle. Fictional authors must go to impossible places and be different people. Otherwise, their stories would not be entertaining. Yet, I see there is an apparent difference between my fantasies and my daily activities. I am fully aware of my gender and have not been hit by a crowbar.
What about my main characters? They hold a slightly different mental position because I often need to think about them to develop plots. Are they real in my mind? Perhaps. Often, I mentally play with them to explore plot lines.
Does this mean I want to be one of my main characters? My four blog readers know that I lead a boring life. Would I like to be a billionaire? How about a super confidant person? Perhaps a life full of adventure? While a few more bucks would be nice, I am happy with my present life. Let us also keep in mind that being adventitious, super confidant, or reckless has downsides. For example, getting hit by a crowbar is not desirable.
Does this mean I have a rich fantasy life? Perhaps. Most fictional authors have a vivid imagination, and they like to share the stories they imagined. Non-fictional authors also want to share their researched stores. I now realize that the desire to share is what motivates me.

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Setember 30, 2020

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