Dostoyevsky on truth

Photo of F. Dostoevsky Русский: Фёдор Михайлов...

Photo of F. Dostoevsky Русский: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский Suomi: Fjodor Mihailovitš Dostojevski Svenska: Fjodor Dostojevskij (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“To make the truth more plausible, it’s absolutely necessary to mix a bit of falsehood with it.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Demons

I love this quote for two reasons.

Firstly, Dostoyevsky has always been my favourite author – he is a masterful storyteller.

Secondly, although my current writing project is non-fiction and based on historical research, I am looking for the story amongst the facts. And so it reminds me I must use a little imagination to make the truth more plausible

3 Comments

March 9, 2013 · 10:24 pm

3 responses to “Dostoyevsky on truth

  1. Absolute truth! Attended a workshop last week on plotting, using the hero’s journey and we were shown how certain plot devices appear in every story, even biographies and other non-fiction text.

    Great start to your blog, Dostevsky is rockin’ his profile pic.

    Like

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