In my free time I do a lot of stuff. Sometimes I watch interviews with famous writers. It’s always fascinating to see another human being working in such a similar manner.
I chose this short video with Salman Rushdie explaining how fiction works because I feel that a lot of writers are struggling with what’s true and what’s not. You know, they can’t find the boundary between fiction and life.
And this, in my opinion, is crucial.
Also, I like his definition of human truth. That’s something I’ve discussed about with my writer friends. That our characters borrow characteristics from people we’ve met, that we write about our experiences and emotions and so on.
Even when you write about the things you don’t know, you only do so not because of your incredible power of imagination, but because you draw inspiration from a similar experience. We can imagine a planet with two suns (I really use this example a lot) simply because we’ve all experienced very hot days (well, most of us, anyway.)
I think that the writer’s job is to make the impossible seem plausible.