Whether it is fiction or nonfiction, writers create worlds and help others to step into them.
Writers and non-writers alike make meaning by the narrative we create around circumstances. Everything is storied. As writers we have the benefit of working out meaning and narrative on the page. We take this storied world and create more worlds for our readers and ourselves. We create more possibilities. We make sense from the senseless. A writer’s awareness and narration is dependent upon some understanding of who we are, what we want, and our intentions to write.
As author Brad Schreiber shares in his talk (below), we writers are in the business of creating worlds and this is no small vocation. (It’s right up there with the Gods and Goddesses). When we know what we want to write about and play God, the readers will show up.
Author, playwright and journalist Brad Schreiber talks about the role and the identity of writers, how society views them, and how they can achieve artistic and spiritual satisfaction as writers today. I heard him give this keynote at June’s Write-By-The-Lake. Most definitely worth your time: Role and Responsibility of the Writer.
Here is a link to Brad’s website: http://www.bradschreiber.com He is a script and book consultant (among other claims such as being a best-smelling author).