When sharing my writing with others I am often asked if what is stated in my piece actually happened."Did you actually see a guy die in a bike accident?" "Were you raped?" "Did someone cheat on you?"
"Did that actually happen the way you said it did?" Well of course not. I am a creator. I've learnt to divorce myself from the truth.
There is a strange standard we hold our writers to where we expect everything they spew out to either be the complete truth, or solely fiction. Why? Nothing I can narrate will be 'the truth.' All and every one of my pieces mix fiction and non-fiction and include a hint of memoir. I'm always telling a truth--true to me at least--but also bending and twisting reality to create a desired affect. Is this not art?
We expect artists to portray and represent reality. We want everything ever created to be a reflection of the artists life or based on a true story. Why? Reality is overrated and boring. I'd rather get creative and mold and mend the truth, take what is said to be "true" and play with it, or just tap into a world that is not my own, empathize and imagine what I have yet to experience and then portray it.
I have no interest in the truth or being married to it. Truth is a great lover--very handsome and honest--but I'd rather be married to creation or fabrication, alteration or adaptation. Why tell something the way it is when I could tell it how I see and interpret it? Is that not the core of original thought? We aren't making or stating anything new anyway, we are just presenting things in a brand new way.
Truth sounds like a great thing, but I am a creator and do not want to be expected to have a life-long union with it when it comes to my art. It's just not my type.