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In this issue... Writer's Role in Fiction


Writer's Role in Fiction

By Bruce L. Cook

In fiction, we focus on the interplay among characters. However, do we ever ask what role the writer has in creating the story? .... (continued below)


In fiction, we focus on the interplay among characters. However, do we ever ask what role the writer has in creating the story?

True, the writer is a creator and innovator. Without the writer there would be no story

. At first glance, the writer may be seen as a leader. This role is similar to the puppeteer pulling strings to keep the marionettes dancing around

. Thinking further, though, there is room to think of the writer as creator of characters and scenes, Then, rather than pulling strings in a predefined scenario, the writer puts a fresh mix into the crucible and stands back to watch how the characters face tough situations

. In this role, I would suggest that the writer becomes an assistant, helping characters solve problems. At the same time, the writer can become an activist, pouring problems and solutions into the mix

. Thus. rather than adopting a single interpretation. let's agree that writers can be leaders as well as assistants, and getting to the best "mix" is the challenge of the day

Thank you!


Cover of book - Theories Ethnic ViolenceFundamental Theories of Ethnic Conflict, by Muli wa Kyendo (ed.)


This book develops and expands on theories that aim at explaining the root causes of ethnic and racial conflicts. The aim is to shift focus from research, policies and strategies based on tackling the effects of ethnic and racial conflicts, which have so far been ineffective as evidenced by the increase in ethnic conflicts, to more fundamental ideas, models and strategies. Contents extend across many disciplines including evolution, biology, religion, communication, mythology and even introspective perspectives.around the world.

Drawn from around the world, contributors to the book are respected and experienced award winning authors, scholars and thinkers with deep understanding of their special fields of contribution. The book was inspired by the conditions in Kenya, where ethnic violence flared up with terrifying consequences following a disputed election in 2008. Although the conflict was resolved by the intervention of the international community, Kenyans like many other Africans - continue to live in fear of ethnic conflicts breaking out with more disastrous consequences. The book will be useful to policy makers, NGOs and others involved in promoting peace. It will also be useful in guiding research and as a text book in universities and colleges.

Handbook of Research on Examining Global Peacemaking in the Digital Age, Bruce L. Cook (ed.)


Violent behavior has become deeply integrated into modern society and it is an unavoidable aspect of human nature. Examining peacemaking strategies through a critical and academic perspective can assist in resolving violence in societies around the world.

The Handbook of Research on Examining Global Peacemaking in the Digital Age is a pivotal reference source for the latest research findings on the utilization of peacemaking in media, leadership, and religion. Featuring extensive coverage on relevant areas such as human rights, spirituality, and the Summer of Peace, this publication is an ideal resource for policymakers, universities and colleges, graduate-level students, and organizations seeking current research on the application of conflict resolution and international negotiation.


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Publishing New Writers,

August, 2020 (vol. 21, no. 7)


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