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IWSG 77: Do Themes and Global Issues Mix?


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Jemi Fraser | Kim LajevardiL.G Keltner | Tyrean Martinson | Rachna Chhabria

Albert Camus once said:

“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”

and Flannery O’Conner said:

“I write to discover what I know.”


Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?

For me, these questions raised the subject of theme.

In many stories our players reflect our personal beliefs and let the world know where we stand on global issues. We give our characters opinions on both sides of a coin and let them subtly deal with the impacts, and emotional baggage those issues can cause.

I’ve taken the stance that everyone is equal. I told my son once that although some people act like they are more important than someone else, we are all worth a penny. Not more and not less.

All of us face the same issues in our daily lives. No one is exempt from loss in all its forms. And joy—earned or not—should not be envied but celebrated.

Does equality reach my writing?

I don’t know. Maybe somewhere down deep it’s there. I’d like to think so.

I write because I love it and not to do it would leave me feeling very similar to a volcano about to erupt.

What do I write? It depends on what caught my eye and how I’m feeling. I’ve bounced around a bit.

How about your characters? Do they duke it out over global issues or is it more personal?