Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a busy week at work. I went to a writing conference this weekend and it was a good one. I got some feedback on my story and met some other authors who I was able to talk shop with.
While I was there, I started thinking about the importance of fiction. Why are stories important? There are many reasons, but I’m only going to explore a few of them.
One reason is because they allow us to learn about a particular situation without having to experience it. This teaches us empathy. Many therapists use stories to get their point across to their clients because it lowers their defenses, and they actually listen to what the therapist is trying to illustrate with the story.
The leads to a deeper understanding of what people experience and how they react to these experiences. This is the most important reason for writing stories.
Stories are a great way to connect, too. Right now, connection seems scarce. After the pandemic, many companies have decided their employees will work from home permanently. So, we don’t get the in-person connection we humans need. When we meet with people face to face, we share stories about our experiences. This verbal storytelling is a sharing of our soul with another human. We’re connecting. Reading is another form of connection. It allows us to connect with characters and flex our empathy muscle. So, with all the remote working and social distancing going on, reading fiction is more important than ever.
Another reason fiction is important is because reading is a stress reliever. Life is incredibly stressful right now. What with all this political unrest, mass shootings, and inflation, stress is at an all time high. Reading fiction for only fifteen minutes a day can reduce your stress level by 68%. That is huge.
People need good stories right now. There are so many problems with our world, and many individuals just need a break from all the chaos. Stories help relieve the tension. So, writers keep writing. Keep honing your craft. Your stories are having an impact on your readers. You are making a difference.
What about you? How does reading fiction impact your life? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
9 thoughts on “The Importance of Fiction”
yes, I so agree that fiction is so important. I love hearing, reading, and creating stories, and sharing them with others. I always hope that some good comes from their experience with my writing. it might be very short but may make them think for a very long time. the world has always needed stories and will continue to, especially when amidst troubled times.
You are so right, Beth! Keep on writing! 🙂
Reading fiction definitely helps reduce the stress. You’ve touched upon some great points here.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! I appreciate it!
I think reading fiction is like my outlook on horror films. I watch them to see other people facing real adversity and challenges, and then watching them try to outsmart the “big bad” of the movie. With fiction, you read how people navigate through various challenges they face. Sometimes (unlike horror movies which thankfully are rarely real-life!), you also may pick up concepts, thoughts, or ideas on parallel situations you may have in your life. It can be both entertaining and instructional depending on the fiction’s theme.
You are so right, and that’s why a lot of therapists use a story to get their point across. It lowers their patient’s defenses, so they listen. I’ve learned a lot over the years from reading fiction, and fyi Stephen King is one of my favorite authors. 😉
One of my favs as well, Lisa! 🙂
Those are three great reasons for the importance of fiction, Lisa! Stories sure take us away from the craziness of life. Cheers, girlfriend!
Thanks for stopping by, Sharon! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts!