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When Fiction Becomes Reality


I don’t write much fiction on my blog. People want short. People want precise. People want to come here and find something to which they can relate. And, did I mention they want all that in the first sentence?

If you write fiction, you know how complex those demands are. They aren’t unreasonable, but they require more pieces of me than I’m willing to give away for free. I use the blog to see which characters get a rise out of a few people, and I fill in the colors elsewhere.

Still, I’ve used fiction here and there to work through a personal problem, to try to understand what makes people in my life act the way they do.

How Pat Conroy of me. Ha.

Penelope was one of those characters, borne of my confusion over the way Aunt Polly treated me. During the worst of her ugliness, I turned to this blog to try to work out how she ended up the way she did.

What surprised me was how many readers wanted more Penelope. I hated her, and I couldn’t understand why she fascinated people.

Maybe you can tell me, Dear Reader.

I am re-running the first Penelope series this week, because I will be totally without internet through Thursday. Please understand that I will not be able to visit blogs, respond to comments or email, or be present on social media. 

Fiction calls. Think of me while I bleed.

22 Comments Post a comment
  1. We all need someone we can bleed on…

    November 10, 2013
  2. Reblogged this on KMSRAJ51-Always Positive Thinker.

    November 10, 2013
  3. Am I too giving of a person?

    The Giving Curmudgeon: A Life in Words, Moodiness, and Tantrums

    November 10, 2013
  4. This should be interesting ….

    November 10, 2013
  5. I’m glad you are re-running that series, because I started reading your blog this year and I don’t recall ever reading that series. (Though I don’t recall what I ate for breakfast the other day.)

    November 10, 2013
  6. Hmm.I’m curious about your Penelope posts. Will wait for them to appear in my Reader!

    November 10, 2013
  7. This is one of those cosmic dilemmas. I, too, am a fiction writer, yet use my blog for practical, light-hearted truths of being middle aged. To cough up painful truths of the past would defeat the purpose of my blog. Yet if you can share emotions and make a point and help others find the way out of the shadows, you are a good writer, too. I imagine many people disguise their lives (or someone they know) in fictional characters. I know I do. But the painful ones….that’s a little riskier. Thank you so much for just sharing.

    November 10, 2013
  8. You ask what is an almost unanswerable question. Why do people want something that you want to avoid? Cause you have created interest is the only thing I can think of right now. You should be pleased.

    November 10, 2013
  9. And people want to read your titles.

    November 10, 2013
  10. Take care, enjoy the time offline and we miss you already!

    November 10, 2013
  11. omtatjuan #

    I’m not people.. I want long. I want drawn. I want to come here and find something other.. I want fiction from you!

    November 10, 2013
  12. I go the opposite route I reveal life through fiction. Though it can be dark and twisted.

    November 10, 2013
  13. Looking forward to it Andra!

    November 10, 2013
  14. Screw what people want. What do YOU want, Andra?

    November 10, 2013
  15. mynewtruth3 #

    I vaguely remember seeing Penelope’s blog. That was months ago. I agree with the last post I see. Write the story YOU want . . . not the story that other people want. Do want write stories that make you happy, or do you want to create fictional stories for other people . . . for whatever it is they are getting out of it. I guarantee you – there are people in the world who will love whatever you write. Trust yourself.

    November 11, 2013
  16. Kir Piccini #

    I write fiction to deal with my reality, to do it in a space that feels safe and private.
    and just for the record, Pat Conroy is one of my all time favorite authors. I adore his way of weaving words.
    So write on Andra, I’m here and reading.

    November 11, 2013
  17. I just read the first Penelope chapter (I think)… I like her.

    November 12, 2013
  18. AdonaiShekhinah #

    I ‘fictionalized’ a real life ‘character’ once…I know how hard it can be, what I wrote and how she came about made me want to throw up.

    November 15, 2013
    • It happens, but I think it is one of the most productive things to do with a difficult person.

      November 15, 2013
      • AdonaiShekhinah #

        True, but in that particular case… I think I just could not get into it without trauma in many cases. Maybe someday… :)

        November 15, 2013
      • Shekhinah #


        November 17, 2013

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