Beware the Forces of Dehumanization in Storytelling, Part 2

If an author writes to connect to an audience, then how much should she or he try to anticipate what an audiences wants, or what will sell, as the book is being written?

Well, this is a complicated question, I believe.

Writers need audiences, of course. And, since no one lives on air alone, artists need to be paid for their work. So this commercial reality should be kept in mind when writing, one would think.

Or should it?

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Beware the Forces of Dehumanization in Storytelling, Part 1

Once upon a time, as I was innocently sitting at my desk, I noticed that I had absolutely nothing to write about.

What to do?

Well, I did what I always do: I fished around in what I call my “character drawer”, where I have some faceless, sexless, colorless, ageless dolls. And, at random, I picked one out.

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