Define Fiction

fictionWe have a new religion. It is called the internet. We use the high priest of Google, Yahoo, Ask, Bing and others to answer our questions. We trust in it because we know that all the other practitioners have the same faith. Our trust is based on how can millions be made to believe any lies?

Naturally I did not start off to blog that. I merely typed “define fiction” into the Yahoo search field. Sometimes I use Google when the ads on Yahoo become too much. Here is some of what I found (first find):

An imaginative creation or a pretense that does not represent actuality but has been invented. The act of inventing such a creation or pretense. A lie.

from Wikipedia:

Fiction is the form of any narrative or informative work that deals, in part or in whole, with information or events that are not factual, but rather, imaginary — that is, invented by the author.

also

Realistic fiction
Realistic fiction, although untrue, could actually happen. Some events, the people, and the places may even be real.

and

Non- fiction (or nonfiction) is the form of any narrative, account, or other communicative work whose assertions and descriptions are understood to be factual.

from ThinkQuest:

Books that are nonfiction, or true, are about real things, people, events, and places.

from Merriam-Webster:

Definition of FICTION. 1. a: something invented by the imagination or feigned; specifically: an invented story.

from eHow:

Facts or Fiction
Non-fiction stories or pieces of writing focus on events and ideas that have taken place, and nothing is made up. A piece of non-fiction writing could describe history, although in some instances facts may not be spot on. Writers of non-fiction do not want to fabricate the story. Fiction stories focus on imaginary events and stories, whether fantasy or a situation that could happen but has no actual truth.

Essentially it is up to the author. However a work of fiction can be mistaken for fact when the fiction is based on real people and events. Also our ability to lie clouds what is real. Many blogs do not state that they are works of fiction. Mine does. My fiction is very strongly based on things that have happened however none of it is truth or even factual. Even if one could prove that something I have said is based on a real event or person, it does not then make the entire body a work of non-fiction. It means I have succeeded in showing you that it is a fine line between non-fiction and realistic fiction. Though if I am convincing enough you will believe my fiction to be fact.

So have a laugh or a cry but refrain from becoming upset. I do my best to deliver this fiction in a light-hearted tone even when I am in the depths of depression; when you will detect some gallows humor in the tale I tell.

When it comes time to write my blog my creative juices start flowing and I think about real things and how best to relate my opinions on them. What can I put into my blog that will turn those things based on reality into memorable but realistic fiction? How can I turn my experience into a realistic story? After all you can learn much from something that is fictional if you yourself do some actual thinking and find a practical and thus real way in which to apply it so that it benefits you.

Even the pictures I have used (usually located in upper left hand corner) are all doctored (I actually use Photoshop (maybe that too is a lie?)) by me. Regardless of how real they look there is a lie included; an interpretation that I have worked into it to better display my little white lies. For my blog; my tales; my fiction.

…And to think this whole blog started with “define fiction”!