Positivity – The Secret Sauce that Makes Fiction Sizzle

Positivity. Am I positive that that’s what good fiction needs? yes. So many people are out there writing great stuff in fictional worlds that no one would ever want to visit. A negative fictional world is too much like the real world. Why would we want to go there? Now think about this…… wait this:  when you write something – fictional or otherwise – and it’s negative, what have you really written? For example, I don’t like umbrellas. I hate ’em! Well, what DO you like Mr. Umbrella Hater? Who knows, right? Maybe nothing. So negative writing really isn’t very descriptive. Of course, everyone knows this. But it bears repeating.  

Now think about this…. and not just because I’m really hungry and I need to send this and eat something:  remember that fictional character that hated smokers and didn’t wear shorts and wasn’t really that tall and didn’t like to live in rainy climes? Me neither. Ack!? I’m being attacked by another umbrella. “BACK, YOU FIEND!” 

Final-question-time: If a writer had to cho-cho-choooose between a pinch of positivity, an ounce or a google? which would would-be author cho-cho-choooose? Answer: a google. A google of positivity. How to gain a google of positivity? Google it, I guess. I’m gonna go eat something now. 

About davidwallacefleming

David Wallace Fleming is a U.S. writer, living in Austin, Texas. He is the author of the coming-of-age, social media novel GROWING UP WIRED, and the satirical science fiction audiobook, NOT FROM CONCENTRATE.
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6 Responses to Positivity – The Secret Sauce that Makes Fiction Sizzle

  1. Mason says:

    That is positively right on !!

  2. Greg Sisco says:

    I’m intrigued by this umbrella-hating character. A character who loves umbrellas, I know where she is coming from. She doesn’t like getting wet, which is probably because she’s afraid of the rain. Therefore I assume she is a coward and has never gotten much life experience. She probably doesn’t take chances very often and isn’t a very interesting character.

    But this character who HATES umbrellas? Who won’t date anyone who owns an umbrella? Who won’t go into a restaurant if there is a customer inside with a folded up umbrella? This character is kind of interesting. Why does he hate umbrellas so much? Did muggers once beat him within an inch of his life with umbrellas? Perhaps he was a sword-swallower in the circus and he once swallowed an umbrella that expanded in his throat in a freak occurrence which caused him to lose his voice? And what if one day he is short on cash and forced to work a job at an umbrella store that triggers flashbacks on a day-to-day basis? What if he fears that the umbrellas are coming to life and trying to block the sun out of his life and bathe him in darkness once and for all?

    Yes, this character intrigues me. I have to disagree with your hatred towards hate. I love hate. I feel quite positively about negativity. Positivity though? I hate positivity.

    • HOW DARE YOU DISAGREE WITH ME… WHO SENT YOU?! Was it one of my many enemies, eh? Did the umbrella send you? The blue one?! With the duck handle? Speak the truth, sir.

      If a character has specific reasons for his hate, I suppose that’s okay. And some mystery can be a good thing.

  3. Paulina says:

    I love your list of things I need to secceud it helps me see the priorities very clearly! I’ve had a good eating program and pretty good movement program for years, but after gaining 15-20 pounds in the last two years, I realized that I needed re-visit these and make some adjustments and I needed some help to do that.I’m very curious about your comment, Nili, that the more positive you feel, the happier, the higher your vibration and the more you attract good to you, including good metabolism. Can simply feeling happier change my metabolism? Can you say a bit more about this?

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