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Paige Nick

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5 things I love about fiction.

1. Three minutes, or even just a split second can take pages to describe. Or a day can be done in a line.

2. There’s material in every breath.

3. You get to take things that have happened to you and try them out with alternative endings. Real fact of life is really just a suggestion.

4. Research. It’s a great excuse to do all sorts of crazy shit you would otherwise never get away with. Forget to change your top for four days while you were writing? Research for a character. Slept with a 24-year-old by accident? Research for a character. Ate KFC? Research for a character.

5. Someone bothering you? Write them in and give them either greasy hair, strange sexual tendencies, an odd smell, or a violently bizarre and gruesome (yet somehow deeply satisfying) death.

I’m on the hunt for more reasons to love fiction. Please feel free to add your own.

And if you’re in the mood, please check out my blog, it’s over here:


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