For my 100th post, I thought I would tackle a big issue. We've been talking a lot about telling the truth in my non-fiction class. Seems obvious to do so, but it isn't as simple as it sounds. What does being honest mean? Can anyone truly be 100% honest in their writing? When, or is embellishment okay in non-fiction? When does embellishment or creative license turn into lies and put you in front of a very angry Oprah? And, if everyone lies, can it really be so wrong? Is honesty really the best policy?
Two people can have a great time together at dinner. But, if you ask each one later about their experience, they would likely each recall the night differently. Are they lying? No. But, every one's experience is impacted by so many things. One person remembers the wine because they drank it before in Tuscany. The other person recalls a great anecdote because it reminded them of a person they knew in high school. It all happened, it's all true, but it is a totally different take on the same dinner. Sometimes, my husband and I can be talking about the same event, but to listen to us, you might think we had been on opposite sides of the world.
I guess that is why I am having so much fun with the truth. It is much more malleable than anyone really realizes. Who said nuance was reserved for fiction?
So, for the 100th time, I'm putting my thoughts out there, and seeing what happens. What do you say? Up for a little truth?