TODAY AT #MotiveMeansOpportunity — The Value of Fiction!
I doubt that anyone reading here has ever said, “Oh, I only read non-fiction,” and–perhaps–accompanied the comment with a superior lift of nose?
But, if you’re an author of fiction who appears regularly in public as an author (book talks, signings, interviews, conferences, book clubs . . . ) then I bet it’s been said to you. Unfortunately, those who say it have usually moved on toward their imagined superior reading sources before the lowly fiction author can offer other than a sputtered “pffft.” For a number of years, one of the most telling replies I could think of has been, “Have you read To Kill A Mockingbird, yet? And then, if the speaker hesitates, I smile in (I hope) a friendly manner.
Thing is, a many fiction novels subtly enlighten and change readers who would turn away from blatant instruction or information in non-fiction, especially if it’s on…
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