Reposted with permission from Write Well, Write to Sell We often hear the term “suspension of disbelief” applied to fiction, but what does that really mean? By its definition, fiction is not fact, and some writers think that gives them complete freedom to write whatever they want, especially when writing fantasy and science fiction–which is where novice writers, and some not-so-novice writers, can run into trouble. The closer the writer gets to the real world, the more careful he/she needs to be. And I’m not talking only setting details. Characters–and their names–have to be believable for their setting.