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Psst – Want to Build Your Empathic Skills? Read Fiction

By Monica Nelson Creating empathy is a noble pursuit. It not only adds to your own character, it strengthens and makes for a more cohesive society. Business, too, has demonstrated the importance of adding empathy to its collective management skill set. The belief is widespread — empathy beats at the core of all that is good. There is no shortage of advice helping individuals create more empathy. If you google “How to build empathic skills,” you will get over 10 million results. And if you read that advice, you will find all kinds of helpful hints, exercises, and guidance for adding this important trait to your personality. The problem with … Continue reading

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Do Readers Translate the Same Words to Different Meanings?

By Monica Nelson In the book On Writing Fiction, Rethinking Conventional Wisdom About the Craft, Author David Jauss discusses the correlation between the underlying structure of a work and a piece of music’s rhythm. Basically, the author is a composer using words, sentence and paragraph structure, and flow to create a masterpiece in the same way as your favorite musical composition. Whether it is classical or rock or some other form of inspiration, the music resonates with the listener. In this same way, a story’s purpose is to resonate with the reader’s own internal linguistics. Done correctly, or should I say masterfully, it will impact a large reader audience. This … Continue reading

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