In Reading The Poet’s Companion by Addonizio and Laux this week, the authors talked about bearing witness through our words. That’s an important thing for prose fiction authors to remember as well as poets.
It’s been said that writers tell lies for a living, in order to tell the truth. I like that. That doesn’t mean we should preach through our characters. Quite the opposite. If we are skillful storytellers, our theme will carry the meaning for us. As Mary Poppins said, “A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down.” But our first obligation is to entertain.