Most Authors Are Goodhearted People
As a teenager, I read on a coffee mug, “Workers got to do what they got to do, and authors write about it from the sidelines.” This flippant remark cracked me up, but I was a brat who had no appreciation of how difficult it is to write a book. At the time, my father was a talented author of ceramics textbooks.
I have since matured, and, like my father, I became an author. This journey provided a newfound perspective on writing, marketing, and English. Along the way, I met many fellow authors who were all goodhearted people who wished to make the world a better place. Why are they goodhearted people? While developing a plot, the author must create an ideal (writeable) world; hope is the most significant ingredient.
Why? We want our characters to make it through the plot and hope readers enjoy their words. Yet, books may contain horror, conflict, criminals, death, torture, imprisonment, and all kinds of unpleasant topics. Plus, they may have trashy stories, have bad morals, and treat their characters poorly.
An early example of a distasteful book is Frankenstein’s Monster by Mary Shelley. In its day, this book was horrific, gory, controversial, and unethical. Today, we see disturbing plots like The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, The Shining, and Silence of the Lambs.
Why did such nasty stories succeed? Even deplorable characters can overcome adversity, survive, thrive, mature, and change. But what about genuinely awful authors? Or the authors who intentionally create contemptible works? There will always be exceptions to the rule. What about books written for revenge, shock value, manipulation, or terror? Evil people use whatever tools they can find to spread their hate.
When someone sets out to be an author, they have an overall goal to contribute (publish). The authors I met want to add goodness instead of spreading evil. Their contribution may not be successful, but there is an honest attempt to be positive.
I saw a personal improvement once I became an author. This means that I think more about the people surrounding me, what they should do to better their lives, and what I should do to improve my life. This positive change was gradual, but I can trace it back to writing. In addition, I read many positive posts on the Facebook group Writers Helping Writers. The authors positively contributed to the comments, worked hard to perfect their words, and tried to make the world a better place.
I concede that the same goodhearted argument could apply to oil workers, teachers, drafting technicians, clowns, and stockbrokers. They all want positive change, but authors still have a special place in our society. They work late into the night, writing textbooks, fiction, comic books, scripts, plays, and poems that shape future generations. This positive dedication makes them unique and positive members of society.

You’re the best -Bill
January 2, 2019 Updated December 09, 2023
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