I haven’t written on my group blog for a while, but now I feel I can re-start my weekly posts.
Today’s post is “Why Are You Writing This Novel?”
I find it an important topic. The reason why a novel is written can determine how it resonates with its readers.
In the post, I more or less argue for passion in writing, but I do acknowledge that reason has its role.
The editorial hat is the hat of reason. But then, even an editor can’t work with dead words.
I like how Gibran describes reason and passion. I really think it applies just as well to writing fiction, as to life:
“…reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.
Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing;
And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.”