The Scientific Method In Fiction Writing: A Hypothesis

Posted: November 6, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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They should be similar, science and fiction writing. All art is experimental, right? Maybe, maybe not. It depends in how firmly you stick to the Scientific Method. For art to be an experiment, there must be a hypothesis, a planned methodology, the execution of something that will prove or disprove the hypothesis, and some conclusion about the results. For those writers who sit down and “just write” in the hopes that they crash into something unique, that is not experimenting. That is playing (or, to be nice, exploring). For those writers who want to get a character arc to go from point A to point B, and they design a plot to build the arc, that is not an experiment. That is engineering; it’s building to spec. So, is there anything in fiction writing that really uses the Scientific Method? Since it is the pure fountain of all truth, and the lofty goal of art is to convey truth, then there must be a connection. The Scientific Method is applied in fiction writing to identify the rules of a fictional universe. The materials for these experiments are characters.

The Scientific Method In Fiction Writing: A Hypothesis

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