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Reading, Writing, & Publishing Challenge . . .

reading, writing, publishing challenge So, I published a book that I hope can bring about change. It’s a novel. I’m going to follow it with a collection of short stories and I hope they can induce change, too.

Some folks feel that fiction shouldn’t be used to instruct or inspire or educate or enthuse. I suppose the only reaction some writers try for and some readers seek is entertainment, with heaps of shock and thrill shaken on top

So, I thought I’d give a challenge, first, to Readers: tell any writers you know about this post.

Next, a challenge for Writers: conceive of a story that’s meant to induce change in people’s behavior; or, create a character within a story whose passion is to help folks make positive change.

Finally, a challenge for Publishers: Help readers find writers who know how to inspire people, through story, to bring about needed and vital and positive change in our culture

To help with all three challenges, watch the following video. Oh! And, if you get any bright ideas you want to share in the comments, you’ll have a head start on inspiring positive change :-)

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10 responses to “Reading, Writing, & Publishing Challenge . . .

  1. Simone Benedict June 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Guess I’m out of the loop. I thought the purpose of fiction was to educate or enthuse. For the challenge, I try to write fiction where the MC is up against tremendous odds, but through strength of character overcomes the odds. That’s my basic plot usually always.


  2. tsonoda148 June 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I think I understand what you’re saying and I may be doing this already, just in a different way. I’m working on my first (and hopefully not last, but it’s draining me, I must say) book, and my main character’s whole purpose in the book is to inspire. It’s purely fiction and I’m having so much fun developing my heroine. So yes I think fiction can and should educate and enthuse…..and inspire!


  3. cmmarcum June 4, 2011 at 12:13 am

    I don’t think people are apathetic; I think they’re distracted by all the bling. They are following a trail, laid down by many generations before them, with no inkling that this is not the right way to go. Maybe, it never was the right way.

    If, as you say, mainstream publishers are not offering up a hardy dish, then that would explain their present insolvency. Often I look at the Top Ten Best Sellers, and I have no desire to read any of them. In my town we have gone from three bookstores to only one, Barnes & Noble. I read in the business section of the newspaper that the CEO of B&N is making an all out effort to hold the company afloat with the Nook. And said that for the first time, ebooks were out selling hardbacks. What does that tell you? Somebody isn’t living up to the dream.


    • Alexander M Zoltai June 4, 2011 at 12:29 am

      “I don’t think people are apathetic; I think they’re distracted…” — By stopping your sentence where I did, it says, basically, what the video says

      Did you watch it?


      • cmmarcum June 4, 2011 at 12:48 am

        Yeah, I watched it. Are you surprised that I agree? Whahah!

        Although, I have to say this: Many speakers are great at telling us WHAT are problems are. Everyone knows what our problems are. Few speakers have any SOLUTIONS. Most presidents, particularly the latest one, are swell talkers, but have NO answers, NO specifics, No leadership. Listening is another skill that has fallen by the wayside. I listened, but all I heard was a delineation of the faults in modern society. I think people are keenly aware of the problems. What they don’t have is answeres.


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