Story Idea: Truth really is stranger than fiction.

On this day in 1972, a Japanese soldier was discovered on the island of Guam and convinced that yes, indeed, World War Two really was over.  After hiding from the enemy for almost 30 years, Shoichi Yokoi was discovered by fisherman, subdued when he tried to attack them, and brought back to civilization.  Amazing, but true.  Even more amazing is that he went home to Japan, married, and became a celebrity.  I suspect if someone wrote a story like this the critics would complain that it was just too, well, unbelievable.  See, truth really is stranger than fiction!  So write that story, no matter how crazy you think it is.  Go on, you know you want to!

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2 responses to “Story Idea: Truth really is stranger than fiction.

  1. joycemoyerhostetter

    They don’t call it suspension of disbelief for no reason. The task is to make the unbelievable seem plausible. To convince the reader. Lovely little post, Kathy.

  2. Exactly, Joyce! I mean, Death narrating THE BOOK THIEF? But it seemed to make total sense.

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