F is for Fiction

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Fiction has a beauty about it that is somehow lacking in non fiction. Non fiction purports to tout facts. It , thus, has a tendency to either preach or be a recount of scientific research and/or a proponent’s analysis. Of course it can be helpful. Self improvement nonfiction was a staple in my reading pile for years…until I discovered fiction.

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Fiction presents a story in which the characters experience problems and enact solutions that may or may not be according to what the reader would do. It allows the reader to form his own opinion. Through the vehicle of the written word of fiction, the reader might be influenced to look at something or someone differently. The reader may well be changed profoundly in his or her outlook as a result of putting a very human face on an issue.

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In my novel, Leap of Faith, the heroine fears to become involved with a man–any man because she is terrified of passing along her epilepsy to a child. Her journey through seizures and medication discloses what the experience of an epileptic is truly like. It educates the reader and dispels long held myths.

It is through the hero’s unconditional acceptance of Faith that she grows to view her malady as a difference that is challenging, but also enriching. It allows her to view other’s differences through a broadened paradigm and to realize that there is so much more to an individual than her weakest features. She grows to love herself, warts and strengths, and therefore is able to love the hero.

Try to get that across to people with facts and figures.

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16 Responses to F is for Fiction

  1. tara tyler says:

    what a touching story. when we find stories like this in life, they are celebrated, tho they are few and far between. fiction gives us something to shoot for, the happy ending!

  2. Great story idea that seems like it would relate to many people. 🙂 Though there is much non-fiction that reads not so preachy but more like fiction, I do see what you mean. Fiction rocks! But like they say, fact is stranger than fiction… sometimes.

    Spunky’s Soldier, A-Z Challenge Writer’s Mark

    • christinelondon says:

      I used to read all self help and psychology type books and enjoyed them a lot. However, they did not give me the intimate window into other lives, places and times that fiction has. Both have their place of course.

      Thanks fro dropping by Nancy 🙂

  3. Andy Taylor says:

    Christine, great post. It looks like we both wrote about “fear” in a way for our F posts. I love fiction for the same reason that it opens or minds up to so much else.

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge. I am really enjoying it so far and getting to read so many other blogs.

  4. I think you are exactly right. You can learn a lot from statistics, but it is only clinical knowledge. We need to be reminded of the person underneath.

    Returning visit from A to Z. Thanks for coming by my blog.

    Brett Minor
    Transformed Nonconformist

    • christinelondon says:

      You are most welcome, Brett. You have a wonderful blog. Love the title! “Transformed NonConformist”.

  5. Erick says:

    “The reader may well be changed profoundly in his or her outlook as a result of putting a very human face on an issue.” <— Love this!

    "She grows to love herself, warts and strengths, and therefore is able to love the hero."<—and THIS!!

    Well said! Great insight and advise to writers! Writing fiction then is more than writing a good story but bringing reader to a place where they experience as well as interact soulfully with the happenings and decisions of the characters.

    Erick @ A Brief Sinfonia: Loving You’re Wife From A-Z

    • christinelondon says:

      Absolutely, Erick. I adore your A-Z theme, as I said over on your blog. Gals..this man is discussing how better to love his wife. *sigh* God Bless!

  6. I love non fiction but it’s fiction that’s changed me over the years, from Orwell, Huxley, and current favorite, Tom Robbins, to my love of all things trashy My teenaged self adored Jackie Collins, (still do), I learned a lot! Words can be very powerful, very nice post and sounds a good book. Happy A to Z.

  7. Guilie says:

    So true, Christine–fiction is tha bomb 😀 No, seriously–fiction is a much more accurate mirror of life than any reality, which sounds weird, but you nailed the explanation here.

    Thanks for the earlier visit to my Curaçao blog–so glad you liked the post 🙂

  8. kaye draper says:

    Well said. Fiction is a place for our minds and spirits to explore possibilities, to see things in ways we might never have thought of. And also a place to escape. A place where, at least in my kind of fiction, you can always be sure of the happy ending that is often missing in life.

    Happy Blogging!
    Kaye Draper at Write Me

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