Mathematics Of Creative Writing : Exposing The Invisible Tool

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Mathematical Proportions in Creative Writing: Exposing the Invisible Tool

In the academic world, creative writing and mathematical proportions are often considered to be located at opposite ends of the spectrum, but they are not as different as they seem. Authors often need to carefully plan and divide their story to create an end result that is a balance between exposition and dialogue, romance and action, or tragedy and comedy. That is where mathematical proportions come in—ratio and fractions in particular. Every author uses ratio and fractions, whether they know it or not, and the proper use of them determines the quality of their writing. Who would read a book that’s 70% exposition or 100% dialogue? Therefore, in this essay I will explain the fundamentals of ratios and fractions and how they are used in creative writing. Understanding the connection between mathematical proportions and creative writing enables us to become both better mathematicians and authors.
The word fraction comes from the Latin word frangere, meaning “to break.” In simple terms, a fraction describes how many parts of a certain size there are. “Fractions were produced through solving all sorts of actual (distribution) problems. In the ‘historical learning process’, man crossed the border into mathematics, thereby, among other things, creating fractions.” (Streefland 17) A fraction consists of a numerator and denominator, the numerator representing a number of equal parts and the denominator…

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