This one time I wrote a story and made the whole thing up.

Alec Zaffiro
2 min readJul 17, 2019

And someone messaged me saying:

“I know what you wrote isn’t real. That didn’t really happen, you just wrote it for your own selfishness.”

It made me think.

How could she tell? What did I say that made her call bullshit??

I wonder if it was my tone. Maybe I over-exaggerated that one line just a little too much and killed all the realness and authenticity I was trying to put in the story.

Alec Zaffiro

I write to think and organize my ideas. I like psychology, philosophy, and self-improvement—em dashes are my specialty. Not an expert.*