A majority of us would not consider writing novels as a typical nine to five job. It does not promise a steady monthly income, and it certainly is not a valiant profession that saves humanity. But that is inside-the-box thinking.
Writing stories, especially fantasy for children and adolescents, is what I would love to do because it not only inspires creativity or imagination in readers, but also promotes literacy, which in turn contributes to social, political, and economic benefits through the distribution of ideas.
JK Rowling is one such prime example of what a successful author can do to advance our world. As a woman who wrote fiction for children, Rowling defied social conventions and broke barriers. However, her most influential accomplishment is becoming a phenomenal force in the literary world. She has made people greedy for reading in a fast-paced society inundated by electronic gadgets where leisure reading is not a priority on people’s lists. I recently learned from the National Institute of Literacy that 32 million adults in the US cannot read, and 21% of adults read below 5th grade level. As a voracious reader, I found those statistics appalling and heartbreaking.
By writing for children and adolescents who are still impressionable, I hope to generate enough interest and awareness in the importance of reading, to keep traditions alive, so to speak. I hope my stories make reading fun, too, and could one day convince non-readers to pick up books.