Fiction Writers for Romanticism

 Posted by on 3 February 2009 at 5:34 pm  Announcements
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Edward Kiser recently created a mailing list for Objectivist fiction-writers: Fiction Writers for Romanticism. The brief group description reads:

This is a group for Objectivists and students of Objectivism who write, or want to write, the kind of fiction and literature that appeals to the rational and heroic elements of humanity. We primarily discuss the techniques, challenges, and opportunities unique to this goal.

Here’s the more detailed description

Welcome to Fiction Writers for Romanticism, where Objectivists and students of Objectivism, who also seek to write fiction (and are probably already working on something), can chat.

Beginning writers and amateurs and professionals are all welcome.

I created this group because I think that one of the ways to create a more rational culture is to encourage the creation of works of art that reward the rational elements in people — works that ultimately create a feeling that rationality ultimately works and will lead to joy. Just like in real life.

I do not endorse propaganda or didacticism. The first job of a fiction writer is to tell a good story.

Every post, whether question or answer, should have something to do with the art of writing fiction, as seen from an Objectivist perspective. Techniques, challenges, pitfalls, and opportunities are all on topic.

I mean “fiction” to include short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, and teleplays — anything with a story. Some matters of interest would apply to any of these, but sometimes a particular form presents a special problem which is also interesting.

I leave out poetry and songwriting because the problems they present are different in kind from those presented by the works that tell stories.

I strongly recommend reading The Art of Fiction, The Art of Nonfiction, The Romantic Manifesto, and the Esthetics chapter in OPAR. Any discussion of those works, and what they say about the issues, is on topic.

It is also permissible to discuss other books on writing (e.g., written by non-Objectivists), examples of good stories, and the like, provided one seeks an Objectivist perspective.

I’m not on the list because I don’t write fiction. However, it sounds like a potentially useful group. So if you’re an Objectivist writer of fiction, you can join the group here.

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