Writers – of fiction, I mean – occupy the territory between magician, court jester and shaman.
They take the things we cannot clearly see about ourselves and make mirrors so that we can look at those things, at least a little more clearly.
It’s paradoxical, isn’t it, that though we, as writers, set out with fabrication as a goal, we can end up revealing something pure and unadulterated? And yet a writer of non-fiction, someone who strives for precision and factual detail actually blurs reality simply by passing it through their own lens.
Great fiction imparts great truths with a subtlety and depth that non-fiction never can.
So, get on with your writing and seek the truth wrapped up in stories…