Over the course of this unit I have composed a lot of newspaper articles, some based on events occurring in the real world, some based on events I have been creating. The use of truth in fiction adds believability to what is being said. I agree that for something’s, becoming creative in reporting can bring about absolute devastation to those being reported on (Anae, N 2017, p. 10). It can be tacky and obscene (Krakauer 1993). However, most works of fiction have elements of truth in them, with some of the direr, yet widely popular stories possibly evolving from true events that have been fictionalised.
Hope has a heart
By Karen Eastland
As the world watches on in horror at the devastation unfolding in the US and Mexico, the loss of life, home, family, there is one thing that is being found that many had begun to believe had been lost long ago, and that is community.
People from all over the country are loading up their boats and trucks with fresh water, non perishable food, and medical supplies. They have carved a path across America to bring much needed aid to those who have fallen foul to nature’s furies. Their actions have brought hope to those who had none, water to those in need, medical supplies to those injured, and food for victims and rescuers alike.
It is both heart-warming and devastating to watch, to experience. It brings to the surface a wave of emotions. Those people who have been moved by the plight of those caught up in the weathers destructive path, and the Earths grumblings have given hope to many more, for much more, than the people they have mobilised to assist.
It is this type of mobilising force, brought on by the people to help one another, that has provided hope for all of us.
Anae, N 2017, Week 8: Creative Nonfiction Video lecture, in HUMT20013: Elements of Creative Writing II, CQUniversity, viewed 8 September 2017, https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/mod/url/view.php?id=562390
Eastland, K 2017, Hope has a heart, viewed 8 September 2017, http://www.kareneastland.id.au/hope-has-a-heart
Gutkind, G 2009, The godfather of creative non-fiction, on The Book Show, viewed 8
Krakauer, J 1993, The Chris McCandless Obsession Problem, in Outside, viewed 5 September 2017, https://www.outsideonline.com/1920626/chris-mccandless-obsession-problem