Reading is good for you, we have long been told, and a new study by researchers at Ohio State describes one of the many benefits of reading: It makes you identify with people who are not like yourself and, consequently, care for them. (Image via Lenny Likes Libraries) The escaped slave Sethe in Toni Morrison's "Beloved"; the ghettoized immigrants in Henry Roth's "Call it Sleep" -- when you read about them, you become these imaginary individuals in a process the OSU researchers call "experience-taking." The OSU findings, which appear in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology indicate that readers of fiction "found themselves feeling the emotions, thoughts, beliefs and internal responses of one of the characters as if they were their own." For example, researchers discovered that subjects who read a first-person account of someone going to vote were more likely to vote themselves, as opposed to those who read a more distanced third-person narrative of the same experience. The art of empathy: According to new study, literature makes you care about others | New York Daily News
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Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats , Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list - When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next – is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer.
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Metonymy ( pron.: / m ɨ ˈ t ɒ n ɨ m i / mi- TONN -ə-mee ) [ 1 ] is a figure of speech used in rhetoric in which a thing or concept is not called by its own name, but by the name of something intimately associated with that thing or concept. Metonymy
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