Five Great Quotations about Fiction

“What we call fiction is the ancient way of knowing, the total discourse that antedates all the special vocabularies….Fiction is democratic, it reasserts the authority of the single mind to make and remake the world.” – E. L. Doctorow

“Unlike the actual, the fictional explains itself.” – Mason Cooley

“Fiction is about stuff that’s screwed up.” – Nancy Kress

“Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating. ‘Imaginative literature,’ therefore, is either boring or immoral or a mixture of both.” – Simone Weil

“Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything.” – Ivana Trump


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.