Of My “Fiction”

I am basically not as imaginative as people might think when reading my fiction. I do not “invent” fiction – I only fictionalize reality.

I think the biggest barrier I had to overcome when I started writing prose fiction rather than pure poetry, was that I had the ideal of thinking up fiction, which was something I never succeeded at. It wasn’t till I realized that the best pieces of fiction ever written are based on real events (however fictionally coated afterwards) that I actually managed to write anything worthwhile. My short stories have come into being based on this principle: Real events, coated with fiction to a smaller or larger extent depending on their individual nature.

I have come to believe that the true measure of an artist is not imagination but interpretation. Of course, being totally un-imaginative you’d never be able to conceive of anything worthwhile, and you’d not be able to grasp the aspects of your daily existence which might feed into your artwork either – but with that in mind, imagination alone can only take you so far where fiction-writing is concerned. True genius consists of observing, understanding, interpreting and successfully communicating events that take place around you – however trivial they may seem. True genius consists of paying attention to real-life details, and transplanting them most effectively into your fictional rendition. True genius consists of paying attention to the world around you in order to understand and interpret it – and pass your observations on to other people. Imagination alone won’t do. Imagination is merely the tool you use in order to fictionalize the real-life events that inspire you to write in the first place. Imagination may be a component of interpretation. Interpretation in itself is key.

Published By: K-M Skalkenæs

K-M Skalkenæs is a Danish poet, writer and pictorial artist who primarily writes in English. Apart from publishing her own poetry, she also translated poetry from as well the Scandinavian languages as German into English.

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