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Sun, 02 Apr 2017 19:25:49 GMT

I was talking with a few non-writer friends about writing, and they asked if I try to "incept" people with my work. I had said I never really thought about it like that because I often find that perhaps my own writing incepts me? That the things I write about bring more light to personal thoughts/ideas/values, unexpectedly, rather than for a reader. Wondering what everyone thought about this idea of incepting people with writing. Professional inceptor of words?

Daniel B.
Sun, 02 Apr 2017 23:40:10 GMT

Ha! That's very interesting. If by "incept" they mean the planting of ideas, then I agree with you. I feel like we're on the receiving end of ideas so we can shape them into something that can be read by others. If so, then I guess we get incepted first, freeze the inception on paper, and then pass it on to others to read so they can get incepted by our work afterward. Professional inception transmitter then?

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:43:26 GMT

Something Elizabeth Gilbert said in her podcast once, I think... Despite writing memoirs and travel pieces that are completely personal, she put more of herself into her novel than her memoirs. I assume she meant details about settings, aspects of characterization, events, etc. It seems to be true. We "write what [we] know" by pulling on our lives and incorporating even the people around us and their stories. I don't know if it's intentional until we've already typed it out, or are just about to get it down somehow. It's that exploration that brings out memories and emotions we'd long forgotten. Therapeutic, in a way, I guess. All-inclusive. Freakin' movie... adding the "incept" word to the lexicon...

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:55:29 GMT

Hahaha. I love that idea. I wish I knew what I was doing well enough to incept people with my writing, but I'm not that talented nor maniacal. I like Daniel B.'s idea about how we are always being incepted by the world around us. Media we take in, stories and articles we read, movies we watch, conversations we have, sights we see, sounds we hear. Any sensory input could be considered "inception" because that is where the seeds of writing ideas get planted in our brains. When you experience/sense/perceive/read something that sparks an idea in your head, being aware that this is an idea worth writing down is half the trick. I watched Louis C.K.'s new stand up special last night, and found that I couldn't stop making notes in my phone because he kept giving seed ideas for stories. So maybe it's not about trying to percept other people, but instead, about being aware when you are being incepted.

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 00:52:33 GMT

I wish! I think I'm in the same boat as you, AMD. My writing tells me more about myself than anything else. Not always the things that I write about, but the way I choose to approach them or how strongly I feel about the topics I address. In that way, it's more like the movie Inception, since I'm going into my head several times over.

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 19:46:08 GMT

haha glad to know I'm not the only one who has thought about this! and johnnycaputo-I would agree that inception awareness something important that literature could bring to light-- by reading stories, whether we as authors attempt to incept or not, I think the form of the story ending with something surprising yet inevitable, can force someone to take a look at that inception and apply it to other situations as well. nbartley- I was talking to a friend the other day about a CNF piece I'm working on and how I felt like more of who I am translates into my fiction than my CNF. When I write CNF it always seems like not-me on the page. So very interesting I think, that in fiction we translate more of ourselves than in CNF when the stories are literally about us.

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:51:09 GMT

I think there's two levels: 1. Inception - I'd call it the less obtrusive level, where you're getting a reader to empathize by just being around a character, but the author isn't banging the reader's head over with the point. As a reader, I may come around with a new point of view, but I don't feel like the author is pushing his/her/z point of view on me. 2. Politicking - Where the author's opinions noticeably stand clear and often take you out of the story.

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:50:59 GMT

I think in some sense all writing tries to do this? If by 'incept' we mean 'take in' then that's pretty much a prerequisite of fiction at least? There has to be a degree of drawing a reader into the world you are creating, or the story you're telling; hopefully keeping them interested enough to keep reading and maybe even come to care about your characters.

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:07:15 GMT

What an interesting idea! I like what you said about your writing incepting you; as I write I am usually working my way through thoughts and figuring out what exactly I'm trying to say. Writing helps me discover and sort through ideas and I hope it helps others do the same, but I can't know for sure!

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:29:40 GMT

This is a really great concept, intriguing to say the least!