A friend forwarded me this essay on writing by Damon Lindelof (LOST). The way he tells the true story of Rose is so vivid, I could see her overtaking the bus and I could see each and every member of the family described. Writers do it all the time: take a simple story and run wild with a 'what if' scenario. But what's fascinating about the Lindelof story is that the best parts are true. He only had to add a little bit extra that took the story in a different, more dramatic, direction. Fastball, the band, did the same with The Way. It's a beautiful song but the video ruined it for me. (Listen to the music, but don't look at the video - at least not before you get to hear the lyrics).