The Spin Factor

I think about this often and it’s why I don’t trust half of what people tell me.

If I choose to present a certain set of facts about myself I can portray myself as one type of person.  But if I choose a different set of facts I can portray myself as someone who is almost the exact opposite of the first person.

Both sets of facts are equally valid.

It’s all in how I choose to spin my personal narrative.

I know, that’s really vague.

Here’s an example:

Story A: I went to a private high school with classmates whose parents were on world’s richest lists.

Story B: I was on food stamps in high school and we almost lost our house because my dad couldn’t pay the mortgage.

Both true.  Both, if taken in isolation, presenting a completely different picture of my childhood.

Why am I thinking about this today?  Because one of the non-fiction books I published is currently sitting in the top five on a couple of category lists.

Wow, right?

Except I know the numbers that put the book there.  And I could’ve reached those numbers by simply posting to my Facebook page and getting about a third of my friends to buy the book in one day.

So, yeah.

I can walk around for the rest of my life telling someone that one of my books was in the top five in its category on Amazon.  Or I can say I sold X very small number of copies of my book.

Both true.  Both giving a very different impression of my writing success.

It’s all in how you choose to spin it.

About M. H. Lee

M.H. Lee is a speculative fiction writer currently residing in Colorado whose stories are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, sometimes darkly funny, but hopefully always thought-provoking and entertaining.
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