Memory in Fiction Writing

Having a poor memory may facilitate fiction writing, if imagination takes hold. Imagination can be mustered, nurtured and cultivated. A healthy imagination can compensate for a lousy memory. It can build upon the shreds of forgotten recollections. Even if one’s memory remains crisp, relaxed loosely disciplined memory synergizes with imagination to create the near truths of fiction. If fiction is not truth that is historically inaccurate because it did not factually happen, then it is poorly written. Or the story is weak or shallow. Imagination can amplify the weak and add density to the shallow. Imagination compensates for reality in building the truth of fiction.

The owl, the mouse, and winter

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