Friday, October 22, 2010
Lying for a Living
I've never been a good liar. When I tried it as a kid, I got caught every time. Or, if I didn't get caught, the guilt would eat me alive and most of the time, I'd fess up.
Don't get me wrong...I'm no angel. I'm just saying that lying just doesn't come naturally to me. When God was handing out consciences, he gave me an extra dose. For which I'm thankful, by the way.
As a writer, I've written my share of non-fiction. I've sold plenty of "fact-based" articles, how-to's and personal non-fiction essays. In fact, I make most of my freelancing income from "truth." However, I'll be honest. When it comes to writing, I love to lie!
Okay, so we all know that writing novels and short stories isn't technically "lying," but fiction is a definitely a legitimate fabrication of the truth, right? So there you go. Fiction satisfies my occasional urge to lie.
So basically, I write lots of truth, but my passion is lying--er, fiction. My goal is to one day make as much money as I do writing non-fiction. A couple of book contracts would be a start.
What about you? What's your preference? Truth or Fiction?
Speaking of fiction, have you entered to win Mistletoe Prayers that author Betsy St. Amant is giving away this week? Just leave a comment on THIS POST to be entered. The winner will be announced tomorrow morning.