Most Authors Are Goodhearted People
Years ago, I recall a coffee mug “Workers got to do what they got to do and authors write about it from the sidelines.” In essence, it was implying that the authors were backseat drivers. I thought it was funny at the time.
I have since reflected about what it takes to be an author and I have read many posts on the Facebook group Writers Helping Writers. This has given me a deeper understanding of the mindset of authors and I now have a better grasp of that type of person.
With this newfound perspective, I have concluded that most authors are goodhearted people. I think this is because they create an ideal mental world for their plot to unfold. For this unfolding to properly occur, there needs to be hope. The real hope that an author has is to make sure their plot will be enjoyable to the readers. In my opinion, this kind of undertaking is only suited to a person with a good outlook on life. It is also suited toward a person who wants to add to this wonderful world.
Now, a person reading this blog might think there are books about: horror, conflict, criminals, death, imprisonment and all kinds of unpleasant topics. Some of these stories are trashy, have bad morals and overall treat people poorly. All true.
Let’s take an example of the popular novel Frankenstein's Monster by Mary Shelley. In its day, this book was considered a horrific gory display of terror that crossed every ethical boundary. How did the story end? The monster died, people kind of learned from their mistakes and everything went back to normal. Dracula, The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, The Shining, It and the Silence of the Lambs all follow the same pattern. There is an overall drive to make the world a better place in the face of danger.
Why didn’t Frankenstein's monster dig up a bunch of bodies, animate them and take over the world? There are some books with plots of this nature, but in my opinion, that is just not how authors think. Even the bad books have characters that overcome adversity, survive, thrive and help others.
What about truly awful authors? Or the authors who intentionally create deplorable works? Well, of course, there will always be exceptions to the rule. Some authors don’t fit the mold of being good people. What about books that are written for revenge, shock value, manipulation or terror? That’s also an exception. An evil person is simply using another tool to spread their hate.
When a person sets out to be an author, I fell they have an overall goal to contribute. The authors I have encountered want to add to the world in some way. Their contribution may not be successful, but there is an honest attempt at being positive.
Does that truly make an author a person with a good heart? Do they have better ethics when compared to the average person? Let’s take another group. I am an Electrical Engineer and I find people like me to be logical, driven and passionate about their profession. Overall, we try to make the world a better place. Have we created weapons that have killed thousands of people? Sure. Have we created devices that have made our lives much better? Of course. Do we have better ethics and values when compared to the average person? In my opinion, yes.
Well, I am kind of writing myself into a hole. If you pick any group of people, I am sure the same argument would apply. The sailing club, rose growers, street racers, target shooters… Anybody except drug dealers could make that same argument that their group contains mainly goodhearted people.
I think the point that I was trying to make was that I noticed a deep inner core when I began reading the posts on Writers Helping Writers. There was a drive to contribute, perfect and make the world a better place by creating a good book. In essence, my opinion changed from thinking that authors were people on the sidelines commenting on life to people who wanted to make life better.
As a result of becoming a writer, I think more about my life and the people around me. I can see a change for the better in how I perceive people and what I wish to accomplish. An interesting revelation.
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January 2, 2019
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