Lori Hendricks stops in today to talk about the art of storytelling, and why she writes science fiction and fantasy. Without further ado…
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I was asked to share, in a thousand words or less, why I write what I write. In my head I was like, that’ll be easy — I write fiction, specifically science fiction and fantasy, because the real world sucks balls. Big dirty ones. The idea of building a world to my specifications and then fill it with people I would like to meet, villains I’d enjoy to destroying, and places I long to visit is very appealing. I love to create heroes that can do so much more than I can to right the wrongs of the world around them. It gives me an outlet when I’m feeling frustrated or lost. I suspect it’s the reason so many of us enjoy reading and/or writing stories like that.
But as I thought about it, I realized there is a bit more to it than that. I love storytelling. Good old fashioned, grab a hold of you, take you on a roller coaster, and don’t let go till the end storytelling. Just so happens, those are the kinds of stories I like to tell. But when you stop and think about how the art of storytelling has evolved over the years and how much of that art we lose every year — it just makes me want to write even more.
It used to be that people would read a good book or go to the movies to get lost in the story. CGI in movies removed so much of the onus of the storytelling from the writers. And don’t even get me started on remakes, reboots, retellings, etc. Makes me want to cry! Formulaic stories with no imagination are the bane of my existence.
To me, books remain the last real realm of true storytelling. In books, we can create literally anything and make it so real that the reader forgets where they are. Our minds are engaged and our worries are left behind in the real world. I write what I write because I want to help people get to that place that I love so much. I have so many stories I want to tell, places I want to take people. The art of laying a story out in such a way that the reader can’t help but experience it exactly how you intend is an amazing superpower. I write because I want to use that superpower to change the world. Eventually.
So the answer to the question of why I write what I write is because the world sucks and I want to provide an outlet for those still looking to get lost in a good story.
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LA Hendricks is an IT project manager by day and science fiction/fantasy novelist by night. A longtime lover of words, she reads science fiction, fantasy and paranormal romance novels regularly (when there is time). When not reading, writing or working, LA can most often be found watching football or basketball with her adorable cat, Mona.
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