The Writer’s ‘Job’

“It took me a long time and most of the world to learn about love and fate, and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured!”
I would so like to claim those few sentences as my own, but they’re not. They are the opening lines in a book I’ve just started reading, the book is called “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts, and it’s a very challenging book about the time he spent in Bombay India.
Actually the book is about the human ‘condition’ but what is that ‘human condition?’
If we asked a hundred people what it was I bet we’d get a hundred and one answers! Everyone would have their idea about it, but most come to some form of compromise they agree on, but it’s not what they truly think!
To me, that’s what writing is about, as writers we get, we create the opportunities to explore all the different emotions and feelings that make up what we think and feel.
We create the opportunities to take people ‘out of their comfort zone’. To explore “What it means to be Human”
Be it the adventure story that gives people a shot of adrenaline, or a love story that takes us on the journey that love and the sometime consequences of heartbreak, or the ‘happy ever after’ they’re all part of what makes us Human, and they’re all part of what we as writers get to explore, isn’t that exciting?

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