Fiction Can Change the World

It’s the subtlety of fiction that sneaks up on you and changes your mind.  No one has to argue in front of a court of law, no one has to hit you over the head, or point to a passage of scripture.  Fiction gives you a person.  And you learn about this person, what it is to be black, white, female, male, gay, straight, Christian, atheist, hermaphroditic, Klu Klux Klan, the president, a beggar, a horse.  And you can’t see the label as a label again—you’ve been talking with them all night.  You’ve seen where they’ve lived, heard what they’ve thought, and fought with them through battles where you were both alone.  Fiction appears harmless, but it’s the art that changes minds from the heart up.

6 thoughts on “Fiction Can Change the World

  1. Hikari August 12, 2008 / 9:59

    “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”
    –Ralph Waldo Emerson

    I believe this, too . . .that something can be ‘true’ without being real, and vice-versa. Fiction is another mirror through which we see.

    Fiction is a grand avocation . . .I feel unworthy of it and yet it still compels me.

    What are you reading now? Glad to see that you made it back to your spiritual home, both physically and metaphysically. Still looking for mine . . .

    Good blog–glad to see that you’re still producing up a storm. 🙂

  2. anne August 19, 2008 / 9:59

    I love this blog post. So true. I wanted to drop you a note to tell you about a writers’ website my boyfriend and I just launched called We’re the first website to take care of the WHOLE process of writing and submitting work. We’ve been in touch with the Sci-Fi Fantasy Writers and they sparked to the idea of our site.

    With WordHustler, you upload your projects, search markets you want to submit to, and voila! We print and ship everything for you. You can send work to agents, publishers, contests, and publications. It’s easy to track all of your submissions using WordHustler’s organized tracking system and we cost less than doing it yourself. Most importantly: WordHustler saves you time. Time you should be WRITING.

    We’d love you to take a look:

    Best of luck writing!

    Anne Walls Co-Founder

  3. jstueart August 20, 2008 / 9:59

    Hello Anne,

    Thanks for sending us the website! It does look intriguing, I’ll admit. A program that will keep track of where you send stuff, help you write cover letters, send off the parts of your manuscript you need. I’ll see what others think too.

    I do have one problem with your site, and it’s a big one: You have only five publication markets for Science Fiction.

    Uh….there are hundreds and hundreds of markets. If Science Fiction Fantasy writers are sparking to the idea of your site, then they must be running into a lack of markets–which means, currently, the website would be of limited use. Hopefully, you’ll soon list all the markets that are on these websites:, (those are just the pro-markets on that page)

    But thanks for writing. I’ve been meaning to list these market sites on my blog for some time. Already you’ve helped writers! 😉

  4. anne August 27, 2008 / 9:59

    Thank you SO much for the suggestions, Jerome! We are ALWAYS expanding the database and Sci-Fi/Fantasy is our next area of expansion. These are great reference sites and I very much appreciate them!

  5. anne August 27, 2008 / 9:59

    One more thing I forgot: in case our brilliant writers (such as yourselves) know of a market that we don’t have, they can always submit to it through our systems through our “Send Work” section, which is where you can enter any address you’d like to have your work sent through. This section is also useful if you want to send yourself a few copies of your latest book, story, etc and don’t want to deal with the hassle of copying and collating them all.
    Good luck writing!

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