This week I am reading Chapter Two of Jane Yolen's book "Take Joy: a book for writers".
Chapter Two is called "The Mystery That is Writing" and asks the question, "where do stories come from?"
Many of us receive inspiration from everyday experiences, headlines in the newspaper, funny things kids say, etc. But is this enough?
Jane Yolen states that interesting anecdotes are not fiction by themselves. "They need the sandpaper touch of art." Fiction is more than "a recitation of facts or author embellishments. It is reality surprised. It shakes us up and makes us see familiar things in new ways."
Writers Weigh In...What are your thoughts on this idea of the "sandpaper touch of art" and Yolen's idea of what fiction is?