“Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.”
Writers lie to help readers discover a greater truth. We have to.
What matters is that you still learned something from the story. It could be educational—about writing, sales, or SEO—or philosophical—about truth, life, or self.
All I hope is that it made your life a tiny bit better in any way.
Always remember, even if a story isn’t real. It’s still true.