Why do people read and write? (Creative reading; Introduction)

Why do people read?

To:

  • be entertained
  • be educated
  • open their minds
  • be informed
  • be provoked into some form of emotional response
  • achieve insight
  • be drawn into a world into which one can lose oneself
  • receive insight, wisdom, spiritual enlightenment
  • meet new characters and engage with them
  • etc!

Why do people write

To:

  • entertain and be entertained
  • educate and be educated
  • open people’s minds, including their own
  • inform and be informed
  • enjoy writing for its own sake 

(At this point I want to include a lovely quote from Sir Ken Robinson: “The arts especially address the idea of aesthetic experience. An aesthetic experience is one in which your senses are operating at their peak; when you’re present in the current moment; when you’re resonating with the excitement of this thing that you’re experiencing; when you are fully alive.” Of course it applies to the arts generally!)

  • offer and achieve insight
  • to draw others and oneself into worlds into which one can be immersed
  • offer and receive insight, wisdom, spiritual enlightenment
  • discover and introduce others to new characters

– etc.

And it is probably obvious that I think for every reason a person reads, a reason for people writing may be formulated. And of course this works conversely.

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