The Art and Science Of It All

There is almost as much availability of stuff and words about stuff as there is a thirst for knowledge about stuff, its origins and endings. Much of writing, both fiction and non-fiction, is devoted to satisfying our need to discover new stuff. That information can be presented in a multitude of forms through a host of media. As with most disciplines, there is both an art and a science to writing–the subjective and the objective. We tend to evaluate what we take in by a sense of how these two seemingly conflicting components should be proportioned. One writer may choose to emphasize art by choosing to leave quotation marks out of his dialogue. Another may stress science by strictly adhering to certain conventions in structure or formulas in plot. I think that somewhere in the middle most readers are satisfied as long as they learn new stuff. Read the rest of this entry »