I used to be like you Kris, and read predominantly non-fiction until I realized something vital. Imagine for a moment a van carrying the last copies on Earth of priceless books suddenly careens off a bridge and then explodes, burning all the books. Which books do you think people would miss more? The non-fiction/autobiography/self-improvement books? Or would we miss fiction more? Imagine timeless classics like the Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter or 1984 no longer exist. While I love Man’s Search for Meaning and Pressfield’s The War of Art and gleaned so much from them, I’ve been more impacted by works of fiction in the end (as have the majority of humanity I would contend).
Fiction often can point to a deeper truth about ourselves or things wrong with this world. Fiction can even help us grow into the men and women we need to be. Think of how many of us connect with a character or a storyline. I can recall lessons I’ve learned in works of fiction faster than anything I’ve read in the realm of non-fiction.
These days I tend read more fiction than nonfiction and found myself growing all the more as a writer and connecting life lessons with the things I’ve read. Granted there are things like entrepreneurial lessons not present in fiction, so good balance is needed, but I’ve found myself learning and much more invested reading more fiction. Just an additional perspective to your insightful piece!