I saw this on Twitter the other day:

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. ~ Tom Clancy

He wasn’t the first to say this. Mark Twain wrote:

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.

Clancy said it better. His quote is shorter and gets straight to the point without even saying it: reality doesn’t make sense. We can’t understand our universe. That’s why we need fiction – because we can understand it.

This is one of many things I’ve learnt from my writing group. I know that when someone says, “This couldn’t possibly have happened,” it’s no use replying, “But it did!”

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