Notes from An Alien

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Writers Going Global ~ Expanding The Story


Do you know writers that always keep their stories’ contexts close to home—their neighborhood, their city, their state or province, their country?

Do you know writers who constantly work to expand the context and settings of their works—strive to relate to the wider world?

Some writers seem to be writing in a global environment but every country is shown through the filter of their home territory.

The Internet has been said to be making the world a global community yet many writers are staying home and creating parochial tales, shunning a growth in consciousness that could spawn attempts at a new “genre”—Global Fiction

Certainly, I’m not advocating that All fiction be global or that all writers must expand the territory of their creativity.

Yet, with the world struggling to learn how to be a global community, it would seem valuable to have more writers working to expand the borders of what they consider as themes, contexts, and settings

My previous post, Writing Fiction To Make A Difference In The World, began an approach to this topic and another post, Can Fiction Aid Global Peace?, took the idea a bit further.

Of course, writing in the genre of Global Fiction would mean that the writer was thinking Globally—thinking of distant lands being populated by other members of the same Human Family

I’m putting a video in this post with Homa Sabet Tavangar talking about thinking Globally and, if nothing else, it could give writers any number of Prompts for stories :-)

Homa has written the book, Growing Up Global: Raising Children to be At Home in the World, but the video is definitely for adults considering adult issues.

Her Bio notes that she “has 20 years’ experience working with governments, businesses, international organizations and non-profit agencies in global competitiveness, organizational and business development, and cross-cultural issues. ”

I hope you’ll listen carefully to her as she unfolds, gently, the requisites for Global Consciousness


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6 responses to “Writers Going Global ~ Expanding The Story

  1. Simone Benedict March 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    That’s one powerful video! I was able to pull a number of writing prompts out of it. Thanks for sharing it with us Alexander.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai March 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Yay, Simone got some writing prompts :-)

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  2. janedarntonwatson March 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

    This powerful video made me think a great deal about thinking globally as a human being but also as a writer. Perhaps writers should not feel constrained by having to write about their own little patch. We can reach out to other worlds, and explore them.
    Then again global does not always have to mean other places, it can be an attitude of mind – really great writing, even if it takes place only in the drawing room of an 18th century home can be ‘global’ if it explores human emotions and desires that are universally felt. In the small is also contained the infinite. According to the Hindu (and a parallel Buddhist) story, Krishna was with his mother when he opened his mouth and yawned. His mother looked inside his open mouth and saw within the entire universe.

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  3. Alexander M Zoltai March 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Jane,

    With you being such an accomplished author, seeing you say, “Perhaps writers should not feel constrained by having to write about their own little patch. We can reach out to other worlds, and explore them.”, is encouraging.

    I Love your equation of global=universally felt :-)

    And, your telling of the Krishna story reminds me of this quote from the Imam Ali:

    “Dost thou think thyself only a puny form, when the universe is folded up within thee?”

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  4. tribalmysticstories November 12, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Awesome post!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai November 12, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you, So Much :-)

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