Imagination vs Reality

There’s imagination and there’s reality, and they’re not the same.
They’re not even in the same ballpark, in a funny way. Although
you borrow constantly from real life, in the end what the reader
wants, and what you should try to provide, is experience stripped
of confusion. Life comes to us full of clutter; every moment is, in
a sense, overloaded, and in fiction you try, without totally
abandoning that sensation of overload, to hew out entities
which have shape and flow.

―John Updike

John Califano