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How Real Do You Want It?

It’s been an interesting year don’t you think? The way that for instance this time last year, we were not forward thinking that this year 2020 would be very different to 2019 – oh no, we weren’t. We were all innocent in the belief that this Christmas, this December, would be in essence no different to last December .. we didn’t see the huge obstacle in the year .. the one that would change all of our lives forever. The obstacle that would change everything we thought we knew as sacred, sound, secure, safe and even traditional would be booted up its behind with such force that we would never see it again … the way it was.

This year, l have changed considerably, l was already changing direction on many paths anyway before Covid arrived. I was changing direction before my personal life and all the alterations within that, stepped on board and shook me like a Bond cocktail!

But in addition to all of that – my style for blogging, ‘to’ blog, to write and writing changed and continues to change. I don’t write a lot of fiction – l have written fiction in this blog before and an old series will be recommencing start of next year – which is The Grumblies, and l used to write a lot of fiction when l was younger. These days l tend to pen more reality stories or realistic fiction as opposed to some creative fiction writers who may adopt suspension of disbelief in their formats and l tend to write about my life and fictionalise a small percentage that is simply ‘changing names and on occasion places’.

For me, l keep my reality for readers as real as possible, afterall, why should it not be? I am writing about real times and life events .. so l have no need to add in any delightful ingredients of whimsical and fancy – that sort of thing is the very essence of creative fiction writers.

When reading, l like to read fiction that is very real, this doesn’t mean l cannot or am unable to immerse in the likes of fantasy, horror and so on – it just means that l prefer to have more realism in the details provided … l like gritty and seedy styled writers, reality writers, writers that come from the darker places and express in written form a hard core view of the reality in their fiction. If l am going to read erotica as an example – then l want to be there, my imagination has to really hook it and the same is to be said for crime, murder mystery, adventure but also so too fantasy and Gothic fictions – whatever the genre – it has to be real for me.

Now many of you may say, well isn’t that everything? Isn’t that what fiction is all about? I would answer – yes of course … but finding it, finding the story, the plot, the very inner of a writer’s brain and allowing them to torture or seduce you into submission to their world isn’t always easy.

We have all read really good books and sadly we have all read really bad books, bad writers, bad authors, bad plots and the list goes on. You could read ten books but how many are you truly immersed in and sucked into, to the point that you are unable to put the book down and feel lost when it’s finished.

I have many questions but principally three questions for you …

1] How real do you need your reality reading or fiction reading to be?

2] Have you knowingly noticed over the last 9 months and since the arrival of Covid – 19 your writing style has altered?

3] Have you noticed any changes in the way that you personally blog – for instance your overall outlook and positivity reflects upon you differently now?

By this l mean do you write as per normal as you were last year, is there more distance in the way you approach how you write your stories or your life? Is there more or less or an even balance of reference to Covid in your blog?

With the arrival over the years of more PC terminology, we see references to these in books and most assuredly in films and television, advertising, culture and so on .. PC is now inclusion. Many think there is too much, many think there is not enough, others think PC is simply way too crazy!

But, how about writers, authors and bloggers who not only have to include PC terminology but also now Covid-19 references? I mean it would be virtually impossible to write something today without making reference to it in some way shape or form in relatible content, would it not? Considering that is now part and parcel of everyday life.

With the way that our lives, society and history has now been dramatically altered – with the likes of social distancing and lockdowns, what this has meant for the future of dating and relationships, meeting and greeting new people and socialising with friends and family. With the terrible death counts globally, potential and actual food shortages, people’s mental health and wellbeing, isolation, aloneness, fears, anxiety, stresses – borders shut, travel bans and the lists go on and on and for many also there is a dreadfulness of no hope and a bleak future.

How could newly written and published books today not make a reference to these things in some way?

Has Coronavirus affected stories that you write or have you switched genres to cope with your writing differently and reflectively? Have you found that you are thinking in terms of pandemic in any of your content fiction? If you have, have you found that your way of thinking has had to adopt different approaches to make the fiction more real?

Finally, have you found that with any fresh writing projects, book ideas and so on, that you are now specifically looking at possibilities of including 2020 in the content, or content built around the pandemic or even stories and plots centering on our current climate? If so, has the inclusion proved to be problematic for you and your imagination and or research and as a result – perhaps book ideas which cannot be adapted are being binned?

I know a lot of questions, but you don’t have to answer them all, that’s not an obligation – however let me know your views, comments and observations below.

23 thoughts on “How Real Do You Want It?

  1. You know, the older I get the more I just want a solid story that makes me laugh. Even the dramas need their tension breakers. My personal style has been more focused on nonfiction this year. I’m not sure if that’s a side-effect of covid or not but my blog is as bloggy as ever πŸ™‚

  2. I like my reality fiction to be believably real. But the fantasy can be as extraordinary or magical as it wants.
    My writing style has been the same as it was though I am writing less not because of the pandemic but because of time considerations.

  3. I have a problem with the suspension of disbelief – I notice all the little things that are just wrong – so I guess I like everything to be really real. Obviously I don’t read much fantasy or science fiction LOL And you know what, my blog is very personal and I haven’t written about Covid except to mention – “big whoop people – welcome to my life” re: social isolation. It has made no change in my life other than the services I used before quite easily are now being used by more people, making things a bit more difficult.

  4. I have actually noticed that my reading over the past year moved away from super realistic into more scifi and the like. I still like realistic fiction and non-fiction, but I can also enjoy scifi etc. now.

      1. Maybe. Yes, I’m not sure. The first scifi book I read, Bloom by Kenneth Oppel, was considered a little prophetic in that people were suddenly wearing masks etc.

  5. My experience is pretty out there so a lot of fantasy and fiction is real enough to be believable to me. I don’t have to accept every part of a fictionalized world, but the writer has to make it consistent. Sloppy writing is sloppy writing, and good writing is good.

    I’ve had a horrible case of Reader’s Block and the only story I’ve read recently was a fairytale that a blogger published one chapter at a time.
    Until recently… I’ve started Paula’s book, Ghosted and I’ve read 3 or 4 chapters.πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸŒ  I still fall asleep anytime I’m still for longer than ten minutes, so the reading is much slower than my pre COVID norm. That’s all due to only getting a break from Ben 2 days a week.

    My writing has increased but not changed. I don’t think it has changed anyway. My readers would be better judges of my writing.

    My “Zen” hasn’t been affected by COVID. Everything locked into place for me last fall and I’m still riding that wave!

    πŸŒŠπŸ¦„πŸ’«πŸ§ΈπŸ’Œ

      1. Oh absolutely! I started the series because a few people kept strongly encouraging me to write more, plus I thought people would get some laughs from the craziness that happens.
        After a while, the daily journaling totally helped with my mental health. Adding my Science Project helped too. The Big Reveal is in today’s post. #279. Science Project completed.πŸ’ƒπŸΌ
        Still deciding on Adventures. I may take it to 365 (started in March. After leap dayπŸ˜‰) as a daily but probably not beyond that. I might scale back soonerπŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
        I never know what I’m doing til I do it🀣🀣

        1. Well you have done well to have brought it this far, but also be mindful of your health and that’s not me being funny as you know, just concerned as a JB can be πŸ™‚

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