Lesson 20 – Lies and Truth
“The theater is the place we go to hear truth. It’s our religious setting.” David Mamet
There many authors our there that write fiction and fantasy but we should still work to reach the truth of our story. According to David Mamet, the truth is something outside of ourselves and we don’t always know what it is. When we try to find out what that is, we are doing our job.
Think about all the things in your life that challenge you and the things you connect to entertainment. No one shows up late to the movies but they do for church and other appointments. When David made this point, I laughed out loud because it’s true.
Challenges can give us anxiety or fear. Things we find easy get done first. What might be blocking your writing is the truth. Writing something truthful to ourselves is difficult and it’s okay. Drama can help us search for our truth, even if it’s hard to face. We can relate and see things through our characters that are hard to deal with.
Being a writer may mean, we are our own heroes because we solve world problems. Someone’s grief might go away as they read about another character going through the same thing. Books are companions when we need someone to cry with us for no reason.
We can also show our audience what real lies are, and I agree with David. “Untruths are lies that are meant to injure someone.”
Our search for truth as writers, might help someone heal an old injury. Words are power and we have a challenging job. It’s up to us to search for truth, not lies.
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