Understand the Human Condition Better Through Writing Fiction
The 16th Annual Read by Sea Festival in River John, Nova Scotia was recently reported by Aaron Beswick in The Chronicle Herald.
Linda Little, an author from the region had the following to say about fiction:
“The more you read, the more points of view you are exposed to and the more you understand the complexities of what it is to be human.”
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This is a fascinating point. Writers write fiction to create entertaining stories that take readers on a rollercoaster of emotions through characters, plots and subplots. However, what are the benefits for writers who are writing books except for improving their craft? Learning to understand humans, as Linda Little says, is one of them. Through character development, writers are in a unique position to break down the human experience and the various cause-effect relationships that make people, say, do and feel the way they do. However, a big question is what will writers do with this new found knowledge to improve their own day to day interactions with people in the world?