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!”