Fictivity: Human Myth-Making

When examining the act of writing fiction, certain aspects have remained hidden from view because of one basic assumption: it has always been considered that the creative act itself consists of the writer entering into some kind of communion with something termed ‘the imagination’, a communion which was of itself sacrosanct and complete. This has been seen as a discrete act: a person, deciding to be an 'artist' or a 'writer' sits down and does this, apart from anything else that might have been going on in his or her life.

But without examining that act a little more closely, it is possible to miss something fundamental about it — which is that the flow of images, ideas, narratives and so forth from the imagination do not usu