Should writers be more vocal on social issues? Or keep their opinion to themselves?

Should writers be more vocal on social issues? Or keep their opinion to themselves? I asked that question because many of us lives in cities that are presently on fire. The fabric of society seriously needs mending.

Every author has heard the advice of staying away from controversial topics like religion, personal thoughts, social issues or these subjects may hurt your books’ selling power. Snuff out your brand.

I do not feel this passé advice is still good writing career advice. I feel it belongs in the days derbys and parasols. Before the days of Kindle and self-publishing because some authors like Margaret Atwood and many others write nothing but controversial works.

Some of the most memorable books are highly controversial.

No other profession is asked to do this. Basically, becomes an human autobahn who emotionlessly shells out entertainment but have no input in what’s going on around them. I feels that’s a little unrealistic to ask of anyone. Authors are as much an artist as a musician or painter. Their creativity thrives best with responsible freedom.

It’s not robot writing these books. It’s real live people who have lived a life are who writing books. Live people who often drawn stories from their society or create one of their own.


About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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6 Responses to Should writers be more vocal on social issues? Or keep their opinion to themselves?

  1. Sheree says:

    You should feel able to write about whatever you want.

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    • Thank you Sheree, I think so, too. I think writers could be able to write about whatever they find interesting but unfortunately the idea of freedom is more acceptable in theory than in reality. That freedom still isn’t very marketable if you aren’t already a best selling author.

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  2. Vanguard says:

    Writers have always been the voice of the unheard. It is their obligation to humanity.

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  3. Jay says:

    I don’t think there’s any excuse for being silent right now.

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    • 🙂 Jay, thanks for visiting and commenting. I have always written about controversial issues and have always refused to sugar coat them. That’s how I know they aren’t always viewed as favorable. Like for example, in the UnHoly Pursuit Saga, I refused to write a futuristic utopia society in the traditional sense of a futuristic novel. In the distant future where everyone is finally equal, because if the present and past are any indications of the future, then we have a long way to go. I write the novels indicating that we can have all the advance technology needed to colonize any planet in the solar system,travel to the deepest part of space but if the human mindset doesn’t change then things will remain the same as they were 500 years ago or the 21st century. The same society issues will be present in the 25th century that haunts the 21st century.

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