Jun. 2nd, 2012

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Read an interesting article about how reading fiction may make you a better business person.

As an avid reader I do like to believe this is true. You have to envision worlds, and maybe like to guess where the story is going or "whodunit," and you learn so many words that you otherwise would never know (though if you're like a lot of people probably grow up mispronouncing them because you saw them in print long before you heard them spoken!).

I know there are plenty of people who prefer non-fiction, either because the topic is interesting or because they feel they learn more than if they read a novel. Whether this is true I don't know, but I will say I remember details of stories and novels more easily than I remember facts and anecdotes in non-fiction and text books unless it's a text I had to study a lot for a class.

Either way, fiction or non, PEOPLE NEED TO READ. You would not believe the non-words and lazy research I have to correct myself or hear about every day. I know I can't order my staff to go home and read *something*, but I sure wish I could. We had to put together a sheet of homynyms because people don't know the difference between throne and thrown, seer and sear, addition and edition, counselor and councilor. And of course the usual affect/effect, your/you're, hear/here. I'll even give them ice flow/floe. That's tricky. And you cannot tell me you've never read fic about someone in the "throws" of passion.

Everyone is guilty once in a while. Absolutely. I know I have stories posted with stupid crap wrong in them, you don't need to tell me.

But writing fic isn't our jobs. There are people out there in professional positions who clearly never read because they can't spell, and I'm sure we've all had a boss with no creativity, fun, or imagination. Or the person writing "creative" emails because they've never seen actual punctuation. Sometimes we can't tell if we're in a spy movie or an excited thirteen year old girl's Facebook status.

Put down the Risk Management book and pick up something with a plot. A hero and a villain. A person trying to overcome a conflict after some inciting incident. Immerse yourself fighting that dragon or flying that spaceship or dealing with that break up or solving that murder. It may help you fight that competition or make a good investment or handle that personnel conflict or solve that networking hurdle.

At the very least, I don't think it could hurt. It may even be a little fun.

I'm already going to the library later today to pick up a movie, maybe I'll look around.

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