Here it is, Wednesday, and Fandango is back with another of those pesky provocative questions:
“How do you feel about people who always seem to exaggerate when relating a story? Do you equate embellishment with lying? As a blogger, when, if ever, is stretching the truth, other than when writing fiction, permissible?”
I have no problem at all with exaggeration from anyone when it comes to relating anything when it is for entertainment purposes. Likewise, I’m OK with exaggerators generally; if a person feels they need to pump up their reality with a little extra, who is it harming? Again, this is in regards to entertainment or just general bs-ing.
In my former job, lying, aka exaggerating, from clients was expected, so if I was the type of person who got jacked out of shape every time I heard a lie, I wouldn’t have been able to do that job very well. The same applies in the “real world”, be that in blogland or not. What is necessary is to learn how to sift fact from lie and get to the real truth of the important stuff.
Where I have a problem with “stretching the truth” is when people can get harmed, gaslighted, fired, promoted, escape prosecution, charged with perjury, misrepresent who they are to others that might be exploited by such a person, or otherwise harmed tangibly or intangibly.
In fiction, THE GLOVES ARE OFF. All is fair in love and fiction.