That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.
Humans are born with this amazing ability to replay scenes in our minds, to edit them, recast them, and alter actual events on our mental stage. It’s psychological benefits an be enormous (or destructive depending on the person).
Fiction is a bit like that. We can tell deep truths in stories that we can barely verbalize in the real world. We put our characters through emotional trials that are universal to humanity, allowing the readers to identify and invest in those characters from the front cover to the back. We can rewrite our own experiences and give our characters different reactions and results. That is just one way writing can be cathartic.
There is so much we say, both knowingly and unintentionally, in our work that is truth. What do you think of the quote? What does it bring to mind for you?
I hope we have a lot of good authors, because the truth seems to be losing the battle today.
I have the opposite problem: I don’t wish to rewrite anything that ever happened to me. It was all for a reason.