WHAT IS TRANSFORMATIONAL FICTION?
Fiction is usually described in writer workshops as being either plot or character-driven, though the most memorable stories give attention to both by having plot twists as well as at least one character who has changed in a dramatic way by the end of the story.
Transformational storytelling adds a distinct THIRD element.
In addition to plot twists and character evolution, transformational fiction is meant to tell a story in which the reader is offered the opportunity to gain self-knowledge or some other truth that shifts how life is lived. Basically, this type of fiction is meant to shake the reader AWAKE.
I write about spirituality; I love the timeless question “Who are we?” and peering deeply into the commonalities of religions. My friend Jan Krause Greene, author of I Call Myself Earth Girl, writes fiction about saving the environment of Earth (using an intriguing plot line with a protagonist who becomes mysteriously pregnant). Whatever the actual story line of transformational fiction, it’s meant to be meaningful TO THE READER and not just the fictional characters.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the amazing mythologist Joseph Campbell:
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
Transformational fiction is meant to help with this.