Writers and politic.
It said writers aren’t here to conform, pacify or appease but to write stories to bring awareness to issues. It’s also said, “The pen is mightier than the sword.”
So what is a writer to do when others attempts to label their writings something that it is not? Attempts to get it bogged down in political views or issues to meet their own belief and agendas even if that wasn’t the reason the story was written? Where does freedom of press comes in?
Being a writer and living on earth you are apt to come across this issue at some point in your writing career. That’s why we have so many quotes left behind by writers and authors of the past. They’ve faced the same subject. It’s unavoidable especially as your work grows, reaching a wider audience. Especially, if you primarily writes adult fiction not young adult fictions. The issues mentioned in adult fiction seldom makes it to the pages of young adult fiction so these authors can avoid many issues that adult fictional writers can not. Not if you want your work to sound believable.
I’ve heard it said it will affect your book sales if you don’t change the formulations of your stories. Probably, for those who don’t agree with what you wrote. But most likely they weren’t going to buy your work anyway so in reality you haven’t lost a sale that was never to be made. It’s better to stick to your convictions and lose those who are never going to agree with you or anything you writes (no matter what it is.) than to sway and convert to their way of thinking just to appease them and lose the ones who have supported you from the beginning. Writing is just as anything else. You have to remain true to yourself before you can be true to your art.
First and farthermost, writers are not politicians. The social issues they’re addressing often stretch far beyond any particular politician and very often beyond the existence of many nations. It’s a universal human issue. Just because an issue is ancient and has been around a long time doesn’t mean it’s totally acceptable and can not be changed. Being Old doesn’t always equal being right.
I say you go back to rule one: Writers aren’t here to conform, pacify or appease but to write stories to bring social awareness to issues otherwise may not be brought into the spotlight. Keeping writing and let the masses decide the verdict.