Ushering in our final instalment of TRUTH vs FICTION here on end-of-the-world Apocalypse day is Ksenia Anske, social media marketing maven (a real one, who actually has fun on Twitter) and YA author of the upcoming Siren Suicides novel. She’s responsible for the tweet that started all of this and in today’s post she answers all your burning questions about getting naked in front of the entire internet. Sort of.
Take it away, Ksenia!
Last week a few people on Twitter told me how bold it is of me to tweet my editing process and my rewrites publicly, to which I answered, “If you can’t bare your soul in public, why write?” This inspired Christian Frey to create a blog hop called TRUTH IN FICTION during the week of December 17-21 with 5 writers weighing in on the subject, and I’m closing it today with my post. So then, without further adieu, let’s ponder these questions together:
What is truth? I think that’s what all great works of fiction do, bare our humanity’s soul for everyone to see, or, in other words, bare the truth. Truth starts with the writer’s soul, her own pains and nightmares and wishes and dreams, no matter how stupid they might sound, or cheesy, or uninteresting, or boring. We all doubt ourselves as writers, yet when we stop doubting and dive deep into the fabric of our being, cut it open and look inside, that’s where our genius lies. Because all writing is, really, is sharing what we feel in the simplest medium there ever was since we learned how to talk. Storytelling. By telling stories we process this crazy thing that happens around us called LIFE and hope that maybe we can understand it a little better if we hold hands, together. And storytelling is exactly that, an act of holding hands and knowing that we’re not alone. Hence, I can write a story about eating a bagel that will be dull simply because there’s nothing interesting in simply eating a bagel, but if I write how I feel when eating a bagel, how I REALLY feel, there is bound to be a soul out there who will yell, “Me too, me too, I feel like that too!” And that’s the truth (perhaps I read to much of The Dark Tower, but that’s a different topic).
I’d like to send out HUGE THANKS everyone who took part in this week’s blog hop: J.C. Lillis, J.B. Lynn, Naomi Canale, and Ksenia Anske! Check out our first post to see links to everyone’s take on TRUTH vs FICTION, and totally make sure you follow everyone on Twitter because THEY ARE ALL AWESOME.
Now… if you’ll excuse me, the end of the world is TODAY and I have to pack. For someone as terminally behind in things as I am, having both Christmas and an apocalypse scheduled less than one week apart is really playing havoc with my planning abilities.
Merry Christmas and/or Religious or Non-Denominational Festive Holiday of your choice! I will stop spamming your twitter feed now.