Writing Fiction Is Playing Pretend as an Adult

Why didn’t this occur to me sooner?

Murray "MJ" Blehart
5 min readJun 4, 2024

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Small child with a bubble between her hands. Playing pretend isn’t just for kids
Photo by Leo Rivas on Unsplash

Did you play pretend as a child? I did.

More often than not, I played alone in my yard than with other children. I have very few memories of my childhood, mostly vague recollections of friends, acquaintances, and companions. Yet I remember more of the play I undertook as a child.

The big picture window in the living room of the home I lived in until I was maybe 6 years old was the viewscreen of my starship. From there, I went on missions, flew my spacecraft to many adventures, and pretended I was a brave and daring space captain.

The swingset of the home I lived in from about age 6 to age 14 or 15 was my starfighter. I flew against TIE Fighters, Cylons, and various other imagined enemy combatants. In my pretend play, I made Luke Skywalker and Starbuck look like amateurs. Oh, the adventures I went on. I don’t remember any, but they most definitely happened.

Star Wars has always been my jam. I had a broad collection of action figures, vehicles, playsets, and so on. Actually, I still have most of them in boxes (that I should like to sell, really). Long, long before the sequels, I played out adventures for Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, and the droids on all kinds of wild adventures.

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Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy. http://www.mjblehart.com