The Role of Readers in the Process of Creating Australian Fiction: A Case Study for Rethinking the Way We Understand and Foster Creativity

By Elizabeth Paton.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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As part of a larger study using Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s definition of creativity as the complex interaction between an individual, a domain of knowledge and a field of experts, this paper explores the role readers play in the creativity of Australian fiction writers. Once they have passed initial judgement by agents, the publishing industry and critics, writers and their work are subject to further appraisal by readers. Based on interviews with over 40 Australian fiction writers and publishing industry professionals, this paper examines the extent of readers’ potential to influence writers and the production and reception of fiction works. It is hoped that understanding the complex interactions of individual writers and their readers will reveal new avenues for fostering creativity.

Keywords: Creativity, Writing, Readers

International Journal of the Book, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.115-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.208MB).

Dr. Elizabeth Paton

Associate Lecturer, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Elizabeth Paton has worked as a broadcast and print journalist, and lecturer in writing, communication and media studies. She is researching creativity and Australian fiction writers.

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