You may need to be ruthless or amoral in your writing to be original

There’s an enormous difference between being a story writer and being a regular person. As a person, it’s your duty to stay on a straight and even keel, not to break down blubbering in the streets, not to pull rude drivers from their cars, not to swing from the branches of trees. But as a writer it’s your duty to lie and to view everything in life, however outrageous, as an interesting possibility. You may need to be ruthless or amoral in your writing to be original. Telling a story straight from real life is only being a reporter, not a creator. You have to make your story bigger, better, more magical, more meaningful than life is, no matter how special or wonderful in real life the moment may have been.

RICK BASS

From AdviceToWriters

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2 thoughts on “You may need to be ruthless or amoral in your writing to be original

  1. Very true. It’s all about the “what if.” What if my heroine lost everything? What if I killed off that character? What if Charlie doesn’t let go of her Eggo?

  2. Sonia M.: Thanks for commenting!

    I am realizing that the difference between writing me and real life me is really vast. I am slowly finding real life Patrik to be a bore while writing Patrik seems to be having the time of his life. How wide can this difference be? Is there a limit?

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