How do you dramatize non fiction? Isn’t real life already wild and crazy enough? And isn’t that why we have fiction in the first place, so that we can be superheroes and E.S.C.A.P.E. our dull routine realities?
Yes, and yes, BUT. The role of literature, in my and many other authors’ humble yet strong opinion, is to reflect social trends and preserve cultural ideals. To inform, inspire, and innovate. The stories we write and read shape our culture and society, our minds and our lives. This is why I insist with the ferocity of a Category 5 hurricane on quality, beauty, and impact.
The reason I write is to open minds—including my own. For me, the most potent way to do that is by mixing up fiction and real life. So let me tell you about The Visionary.
Are you the kind of author who doesn’t give a damn about what your readers think, jealously avoiding all input and interference while you craft your magnum opus? Or the kind who endlessly revises, fretting over how people will react, integrating every form of feedback from everyone who’s ever read half a sentence in your book? Or are you perfectly confused about when to take in a constructive comment from a fellow writer or reader, and when to ignore it?
Fear not! You are one of a well-populated club. Bottom line, however: always, always listen to your readers.
Did you see the thrilling World Cup match between Colombia and Uruguay? Or the one between Argentina and Switzerland yesterday? Are you beside yourself to watch Colombia beat Brazil (my prediction) in the quarterfinals? I can barely breathe just thinking about it.
There are personal reasons why I’m cheering for Colombia, even though they do have THE BEST DANCE MOVES. But while we palpitate about the world’s best sporting event in the entire history of the entire human race, let us explore the uncanny parallels between the World Cup and what we’ll call the Writer’s Cup.
Is your daily writing routine anything like mine? Waking up with first light, meeting the dawn with 15 minutes of power yoga, settling down on your sun-strewn patio with birds chirping and a fountain in the background, cup of hot chocolate and freshly baked croissants by your side, ready to begin an uninterrupted, and inspiringly productive, 4-hour writing session.
Right. How I wish.
Too often, the world’s best profession is practiced under far-less-than-ideal conditions. But, as they say, “Life does not put things in front of you that you are unable to handle.”
Good things supposedly come in threes, right? Whatever your numerical fave is, grab all your literary vitamins because today’s Theme of the Day is STRENGTH.
Do you like your characters strong or weak? Powerful or vulnerable? Invincible or a push-over?
The answer lies, as in so many things, on the golden middle path.