Dilbert is my favorite cartoon. I read it every day. Even though I don’t work in an office anymore, it still makes me laugh. It’s as though Scott Adams sat in a cubicle across from me for the last 20 years. He knows my life.
So I was surprised to learn just this week that Adams has a blog. I mean, my go-to cartoon guy is also a blogger? Who knew?
Today, in Are You A Fiction-Thinker, he writes, “If every new idea you encounter reminds you of a movie, song, or novel that you have consumed in the past, it might be holding you back.”
Sounds ominous, right? Don’t fiction writers expand upon where others have gone before? He continues, “Movies and books form a mental structure in your head of what is possible and what is not. But these are artificial structures based on the rules of fiction. They do not necessarily represent what is practical or possible in the real world.” Well, duh. It’s fiction, people.
Then he writes, “My hypothesis is that fiction-thinkers conflate fiction with reality more often than other people.” Could that possibly be true? Do romance writers really think they’ll be carried off by knights in shining armor?
Read what else he has to say here. What do you think?