Fictional Stories, Real Emotions

Roger Ebert Quote

Up until his recent death, Roger Ebert had seemingly endless insights into the craft of storytelling and the value of art in our lives. As a writer, here’s one nugget of Roger Ebert wisdom that’s good for you to hold on to:

“We feel the same emotions for our ideas as we do for the real world, which is why we can cry while reading a book, or fall in love with movie stars.”

— Roger Ebert

Whether you’re writing a story, reading a novel or watching a film, it’s easy to get wrapped up in a fictional world. It’s not just frivolous escapism — it’s an important exploration of ideas, values and emotions.

No matter if you’re creating your own work or enjoying the creations of others, always remember that it’s okay to pursue ideas, stories and imagination with a serious passion. By becoming invested in the struggles and triumphs of fictional characters — whether of your own making or on the silver screen — you can learn something about yourself and the world you live in.

What books and films have been important to your life?

There’s much to be said about the craft of writing. That’s why each week on the Abbott Press blog, we’ll take a look at what some of our favorite authors and thinkers have to say about this challenging, fulfilling and sometimes mystifying art. We hope these discussions will help you to further refine your own ideas about writing and to achieve new insights into your own creative process.
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