In a 1996 interview in The New York Times, rock star Bruce Springsteen spoke about feeling isolated in his convictions. He’d started writing songs so people would get to know him. And by doing so, he hoped to find others who cared about what he did.
To Bruce Springsteen, this was more than about selling records. He wanted an audience that was a reflection of the community he imagined in his head. A community that lived according to the values and ideals he held.
His songs got leaner and were more carefully drawn, cutting across religion and class lines and reflecting his growing intellectual and political awareness.
The press and critics weren’t impressed with his new songs, and their reviews were negative. They wanted him to go back to what he knew.
But Bruce Springsteen stuck to it—“I’m working on a dream, though it can feel so far away”—becoming one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
VISIONARY FICTION authors also need to stick to it—
dare to defy pre-conceived notions of genre
dare to revitalize genre and make it their own
dare to work “on a dream, though it can feel so far away.”
And in the process, they too may find an audience that cares about the things they do.
Yes, this is more than about selling books. It’s a reflection of the community that VISIONARY FICTION authors imagine in their heads, a visionary community that dares to imagine a positive vision of the future through STORY. A community that works together on the dream of making the world a better place.
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