OLD POST ALERT! This is an older post and although you might find some useful tips, any technical or publishing information is likely to be out of date. Please click on Start Here on the menu bar above to find links to my most useful articles, videos and podcast. Thanks and happy writing! – Joanna Penn
Why do we read fiction and why do we write fiction?
Here's a little video about my thoughts on the matter. What do you think?
If you like to read, here's what I cover in the video:
Life is fantastic but it can also be pretty crappy, overwhelming, busy and crazy at times. We sometimes need escape and that's what great fiction gives us. Escape from the daily grind.
Humans have always wanted stories and they have been told round the campfire through then generations. The TV is just a big campfire although there are some pretty bad stories out there!
But also great ones – we go to the movies for escape and entertainment. We go to a book for the same reason – to be taken out of ourselves.
So why write fiction?
Entertaining people and giving them respite from craziness is valid, creating a story from your mind, from the ideas in your head is valid and exciting. It’s fun to come up with ideas – sometimes I wonder where they come from! We write fiction to entertain ourselves, to challenge ourselves and also to entertain others
When you read my words, we connect across time and space – it’s a miracle, stories are a miracle. That’s why we write fiction.
Let me know what you think in the comments! Thanks, I love to know what you think.