The Intertwined Hands of Philosophy and Fiction Writing

Ghost Writer
7 min readNov 6, 2023

Philosophy and fiction writing go hand in hand… and I know what you’re thinking, ugg, not the guys from a hundred years ago rocking togas and a tad bit of a condescending tone telling me what to do and how to live my life, no thank you. And, yes, you’re right, but the men in togas know what they’re talking about.

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I talk about writing and how to write and things to help you write, because I want to one day see your book in my local library or on a stand in Barnes and Noble. I want to see them and one way I know how to help you is through philosophy, because all these philosophical thinkers knew one thing very well that is in all stories and that is human nature. It’s an undeniable fact they understand the ends and outs of why we as humans do what we do. So, we need to at least have a small idea of what they’re talking about. I’m not saying quit your day job and go study philosophy, but taking a bit here and there of philosophical topics won’t hurt, I promise. They will enrich your writing and that’s what we want. We want to be the best that we can be so what we have to say resonates with people. We write because we have something to say, a piece of our heart or our mind or soul has something it wants to share, and we gotta use all the tools in our toolbox to communicate. So, at the bottom of the box under all the worn tools is Philosophy.

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Etymology Philosophy means lover of wisdom. I feel like Philosophy nowadays is a buzzword for, ‘Oh, I’m sophisticated, and this is above your head’, but that is so far from the truth because Philosophy is about how you and everyone else lives their lives and isn’t that what we as authors write about? Think about it, we write about characters that are 3D in every way but appearance. We craft them out of ink to take a life of their own and they go on a journey, whether contemporary or fantasy, they go on a journey and they learn something along the way. Even stories that take place in other worlds have elements of human nature woven throughout them. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien series is about hobbits and a magical ring but it’s also about addiction and the way power takes over people which is…

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Ghost Writer

Just tryin to figure out writing and here's what I've learned so far.