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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Thought for the Day

I stumbled across this quote from John Gardner's novel, On Becoming a Novelist:

"For better or worse, the practice of fiction changes a person."

Hmm, I thought. I get that. I not only understand it, but I believe it, too. As I mentioned in response to Sara's March 3 posting here, writers write. That's both good and bad. I sometimes spend late LATE nights writing. My husband complains in the morning. I sometimes have to jot things down in the midst of doing other things. My son grimaces or pouts.

Writing will take some of your time--it must. Writing fiction...Well, what does it say about us if we indulge in made up romances and worlds we ourselves create out of ink and air?

Some may consider us selfish or indulgent. Perhaps unrealistic. I like to think of fiction (and science fiction and fantasy) writers as creative, intelligent builders of worlds. We are creators of fantasy.

I think the changes we make in ourselves in order to write can make us better because we must strive to see multiple angles in each situation, and we must be observant--often listening and watching before speaking, writing or (perhaps most importantly) judging. We regularly imagine what might happen in the future based on the current situation, so I like to think we sometimes tap into extraordinary vision in our lives (as we try when plotting stories and their subplots).

Escapism seems almost necessary in today's world, so I think fiction writers make a positive difference in the world by providing an alternative to reality.

What changes do you think writing fiction makes in your life?
~Saoirse

1 comment:

RomanceWriter said...

Writing fiction has changed me. The first change was in how I read novels. Once I started trying to write them I started reading like a mechanic or an archeologist. I try to figure out how they are put together and discover the mystery of weaving a compelling tale.

Writing fiction has also made me a more well rounded person. I know look at everything in the world as research to put in a novel one day. Nothing is wasted, its all material.

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