Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Worldview and Writing
Worldview intertwines itself in our writing because it is a part of us. Even if we try to keep our beliefs out of our writing, they show up in the development of our stories because our stories come from the wellspring of imagination within us. The core of our imagination is closely linked with the way we see the world and how we believe everything works. This goes for Christians, Buddhists, Atheists, and all worldviews. A worldview shapes what we see, how we act, and the way we write.
However, I often wonder in my own writing just how much I should share overtly? How much is enough? and how much is over the top?
Check out this passage from Frankenstein (I've been catching up on my classic fiction on my Kindle):
"A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind and never allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility. I do not think that the pursuit of knowledge is an exception to this rule." Yes, this is written in a character's voice, but it also stems from the worldview of the author.
So, what do you think, is it a good idea to overtly include our worldview in our writing? How much is enough? How much is too much?
And, have you ever read Frankenstein? This is my third time reading it, and the first time in a decade, but I still find it intriguing.