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Strange Fact

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!”

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life. Social anxiety warrior. Style and the Solitary, edition 2, murder mystery set in Jerusalem, published with Ocelot Press, October 2022.

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