Writers are to make people think. Appeal to the social consciousness of readers.

Writers are not here to conform. We are here to challenge. We’re not here to be comfortable—we’re here, really, to shake things up. That’s our job.

-Jeanette Winterson

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Writers are to make people think. Present situations the public perhaps never gave full considerations. Or has been put it on the back burner of the psyche. A writer’s job is to bring it to the front and make people think it. Appeal to the social consciousness of readers.

Alienating readers isn’t something, I believe any author set out to do. But unfortunately, sometimes it happens. I have read many new authors’ works where they changed the course of their work to appease one or two readers. It’s thoughtful of them to do so. But they put the true craftsmanship of their work at risk. A lot of times the additionals added, sometimes do not flow with the storyline.

With  a new author the changing can be very tempting if the heralding voices are loud enough but it can also destroy your entire story.

Stay the course.

In writing a book you’re like a captain sailing a ship. You must hold it steady. If you lets the helm spins every which way and  follow the currents of the winds as in ancient times sailors sometimes did; they ended up more lost than Homer’s Ulysses.  The same can happen with your story.

First of all, writing is something that take courage and lots of it. Yes, there will be some who will punish you for not conforming. But you must be willing to believe in what you write and keep writing it.

For example: Some of the greatest literary works, like “The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, and the writings of Ethan Allan Poe, and ” Moby” by Herman Melville,” no one believed in them when they were being written but these authors stayed the course and didn’t give in to those who disagreed with them and in their stubbornness they gave the world masterpieces.

Actually, Melville ran the risk of tar and feather for what the real parable behind Moby. He was being polite when he described them as motley crew.  The allegory of the story was about what can happen when you climb aboard a ship of fools.

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian who is also 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 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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2 Responses to Writers are to make people think. Appeal to the social consciousness of readers.

  1. 1068h@gmail.com says:

    That’s true! Your job is to shake things up!

    Liked by 1 person

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