If we look at human history, people tell their stories orally long before history became a written form. Also, if you’ve noticed, Jesus preached using parables to get his message across. Earlier literature reflected the lives and times of their era.
Traditionally, the arts are divided into seven: architecture, sculpture, painting, literature, music, performing arts, and film. Thus, writing fiction is not just for documentation, it is also for art’s sake. If you love telling or sharing stories with others, you might as well write them down.
There are four main reasons why people write fiction.
It is said that non-fiction provides facts while fiction provides feelings. Many people get an understanding of the world we live in from reading fiction because fiction provides social criticism and mirrors society. This just proves that art imitates life and yet, we are entertained.
Others read fiction because their minds could travel anywhere. It is a sort of an escape from the harsh realities of life.
We write because we want to express ourselves through our writing, tell our stories, and our truth.
As mentioned earlier, Jesus used parables to preach the Good News. It is also in fiction that we learn from others the ways of life, the skills, the knowledge that we don’t have.
Would you believe that there are novels that inspired wars and revolutions? It is because these novels provided social criticisms and stirred the readers’ minds to take action.
Because fiction appeals to the senses, advertisements nowadays take the form of storytelling to promote a product or service.