Sunday, August 4, 2013

Pen to the Page: Fact or Fiction

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Why do you write romance? Do you write fact or fiction? You should write real stuff instead of your stories. 
Amazing, isn’t it? Advice just continues to pour in. Do this, don’t do that. Be that or avoid this. The dilemma? Knowing whose counsel is wise and who to ignore. Not always easy. 
It helps if you know your motivation. Why do I write inspirational romance? Does anyone remember? That’s right! I write to, for, and about the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the center of my life and everything I do is for Him. 
How do I address people’s questions? Advice? Well, prayer and if in doubt, prayer. J 
In reality, fact is vital to my fiction, folks. The ‘real stuff’ makes my story come alive. Otherwise, it would just be words on the page. Flat and black. 
For example, the opening scene in my current WIP (work in progress) without fact:

“Over here, Crash.”
Joshua Fitzgerald turned to the area.
“Yo, you wanna eat or not?”
Josh sighed and walked toward them. “Yeah, what do we have?”
Devon Montgomery exchanged a smile with their partner, Guido Jaurez and nudged a box with his foot. “Gourmet in a bag…just add water. Take your pick.”
Josh grunted and sifted through the selections. “Oh great, jambalaya, my favorite. Is there any spaghetti left?”
“Maybe, you can check.” Devon reached for the radio. “Go ahead, base.”
“You ready for pick up, Ace?” A gruff voice came over the speaker. “Hilo in twenty.”
“Copy, base. Ready for pick up.” Devon rose from his position. “Let’s go, guys. Pack up. Pops, make sure that’s out.”
“Will do,” Guido said.

Okay, here it is with some fact thrown in:


“Over here, Crash.”
Joshua Fitzgerald broke through the trees into the clearing. He skirted a large boulder then tossed the Pulaski next to his pack. A strong gust scattered dust and ash across the area and his eyes burned.
“Yo, you wanna eat or not?”
Josh sighed and walked toward the rest of the crew. They huddled around a small fire, munching on MREs. “Yeah, what do we have?”
Devon Montgomery exchanged a smile with their partner, Guido Juarez and nudged a box with his foot. “Gourmet in a bag…just add water. Take your pick.”
Josh grunted and sifted through the selections. “Oh great, jambalaya, my favorite. Is there any spaghetti left?”
“Maybe, you can check.” The radio crackled to life and Devon reached for it. “Go ahead, base.”
“You ready for pick up, Ace?” A gruff voice grated over the speaker. “Hilo in twenty.”
“Copy, base. Ready for pick up.” Devon rose from his position next to the fire. “Let’s go, guys. Pack up. Pops, make sure that’s out.”
“Will do.” Guido, the third smokejumper in the crew, shoved the last two bites of his MRE in his mouth before he brushed his hands on his pants. He dug around his pack for a second then started shoveling dirt on the fire.

See the difference? Fact always has a place. Although I don’t write fact-based fiction or bible studies, I do write stories full of facts. Fictional stories that are set in familiar places that involve familiar people who struggle with real problems. My characters are rugged, handsome and yes, even a little bad. Whatever their challenges may be…a better future, a bitter past, or a dangerous foe, the Lord is the answer. 
Do I write fact or fiction? I’ll let you decide.

Proverbs 3:3 (NKJV) “Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart…”

In Christ, 
Renee

2 comments:

  1. I like the way you showed this section of your story. That kind of visual application helps photographic learners like me. Great job Renee.

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  2. Thanks, Erin. I remember so much better that way as well. :)

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