Ever wonder why you like fiction?
As a writer evolves, questions such as "Why do you like to write?" or "Why do you like fiction?" become more common. The first time a writer is asked such a question, they are overwhelmed with seemingly perfect reasons, although they all become scrambled and lead to a spill of garble over their lips.
Even more interesting is writers will often over-analyze the question, suggesting maybe one life experience or concept generated a certain stream of ideas they find interesting, or they speak of being inspired by specific individuals or mentors, when really they could answer, "I don't know. Because I do."
The left sphere of the brain is the same part that stops someone from answering the question and may be the same reason they enjoy fiction.
With nonfiction becoming increasing popular as each year moves on, why do so many people still prefer fiction? Cognitive Neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga suggests fiction may generate a certain way of thinking which connects the fiction to real-life situations. For instance, if someone reads about a couple frolicking in the woods, they may be incline to emulate what they read and act it out in a real-life situation.
The aforementioned provokes the question, "Why is fiction important?" Many naysayers concur that fiction is no longer viable to our society. The video and this blog suggest otherwise. Perhaps a rationale and realistic mindset depends on fictionalize scenarios from which people can draw information from and apply it to their everyday lives.
Why do you like fiction?
Fear, focus, and the future. C.M. Humphries talks about writing, horror, and whatever.