My protagonist Vera confided in me last night as I was leaving the KanMoWriCo Write-In. She whispered that she was so afraid that if I told her true story, I would break my own heart in the telling.
No. That's a lie.
What Vera is worried about is that I won't do her story justice. That I won't be able to tell it, only report it. What I am worried about is that I will want to report, but also embellish and then I worry that if I embellish, it's not the truth.
But the truth of it is, it's a novel. It's my novel. Vera's story is my story, and I can tell it any way I want to.
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P.P.S. If you think that a protagonist can NOT whisper in your ear, think again.