If you are reading this blog, you are probably either a reader or a writer. This post affects both of you and hopefully will provoke some thought and conversation. Lately I’ve lost my motivation to keep editing my book or to even open up a book to read, as I’ve been pondering on the purpose of reading and writing. Why do people read books? And why should I keep writing books?
When I first started out writing, I was young and had no thoughts of why I was doing it or what I would do when I reached the end of my story. I just wrote. Part of the reason may have been, because finding a good book to read started getting hard. Every book I picked up felt like the same story over and over. Plus I had my own stories I wanted to tell.
But the block that keeps me from moving forward now with my writing/reading is the reoccurring question: what’s the point? Entertainment isn’t enough of a reason anymore. If all I do is entertain someone for a few hours with a book I’ve written, all I’ve really done is keep them from doing something more productive with their life. I don’t want to be a time-waster. So what other purposes can a book have besides to entertain?
Inspiration is the best purpose I’ve thought of. Now the question is how to accomplish that. I’d love to use my writing to inspire people to do things with their life and to believe in themselves. But does writing a story about a character who isn’t afraid to take chances or who has confidence make a reader do the same in their own life? A writer can make up whatever ending they want. So how can fiction inspire reality?
Here’s my question for you to consider today: what fictional character has inspired you to either do something or be something you wouldn’t have done/been otherwise? (This character could be from either a book or a movie).
Do you think fictional stories can really impact people’s lives? How so? Please comment your thoughts on this below and give an example of a character who has inspired you.
Next week will be another writer interview with Elizabeth Newsom, who will talk about what motivated her to publish her book and what steps she is taking to accomplish that dream. Thanks for visiting and please stop by again next Tuesday!