As writers, we tend to seek out the truth that is in our stories but we also want the truth to many different things as well. This includes relationships, love, friendship, identity, the government, history, and the list goes on. We seek the truth or rather the heart of what is in our stories. Have you started writing, and thought of it as a puzzle. Trying to get the pieces together so that your story that you are working on is perfect.
Last night, I was watching an episode of The X-Files, and at the heart of the show is getting to the truth. Granted, there are the episodes where they explore some case that has to deal with the paranormal, and then there are the episodes that deal with the mythology of The X-Files, such as the truth behind the disappearance of Agent Mulder’s sister. Those are the episodes that are worth watching, for you watch as they try to uncover the truth behind government conspiracies and secrets. That is why for my the original finale was such a great capstone of the show for it showed some of the revelations that took place over the original nine seasons of the show. Furthermore, it showed us to writers how we can write a story where the truth is not known until the end of the story.
That is another reason why I liked such works of fiction such as Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Not to give away anything from the book, but yes you have the different puzzles for solving the code at what was in essence of seeking the truth that was supposedly covered by the Catholic Church. But you don’t know if the code is really solved until the end of the book.
In part that this is what makes writing fun, trying to uncover the truth or making the truth that we believe to be possible in our work. Taking our characters on a journey of self-discovery and having them find the inner laying parts of the fabric that is what we made of their lives. A great example of this comes from The Giver by Lois Lowery. If you have not read The Giver, I highly recommend this book even though it is considered a children’s book, it is worth the read. Anway, at the heart of The Giver, is a boy named Jonas who is tasked with taking on the role as the Giver, who is the all-knowing guide of the society in which Jonas lives. But as he solely works to know the truth from the Giver, he decides that he wants to run away from the society and save the baby Gabriel, who is on the verge of being destroyed. Was the truth too much for Jonas? Or was it that he didn’t want to live in a society where you can be destroyed for doing or behaving not as the society has stated that you should act.
Granted, there are some works of fiction, where there is no seeking of the truth, but in any mystery novel, romance novel to a point, fantasy, science fiction, and some literary fiction there is a point of trying to find out the truth. The truth is as I mentioned is there, we as readers just need to find it.