What the reader will believe

I once had a mentor who said “write what you can make the reader believe.” Evidently, James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces, has done just that. Even fooling Oprah. (uh oh, she’s going to be ticked about that. Remember when J. Franzen went against her?) Seems his gritty, true-life tome isn’t quite as true as he pushed it to be. Read about it here.

Just goes to show that we don’t always know what’s going on behind the scenes with those whose position we’d like to be in, as far as being a bestseller goes.

One Comment on “What the reader will believe”

  1. Hi April – I’m just blog surfing this morning as I’m in between book deadlines and enjoying myself, and thought I’d say hi. Neat question about what the reader will believe. I didn’t read James Frey’s ideas, but I think a good writer can make the reader believe anything if the characters seem real and have realistic emotions. Just Like Heaven is a great example of something very unbelievable that readers bought into and it was a bestseller and a movie. It’s a challenge to get those characters breathing real air, but it’s all worth it in the end!

    See ya on the web!

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