By The Hilt

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Emerson

A Place For Opinion

I wrote a related article earlier, found here, on morals and writing fiction.  This article, however, asks a question covering a much broader spectrum than just morality.

We all have ideas and opinions that we’re passionate about and that shape our worldview.  We each have our own opinions about how the world is, and how it should be.  And all of us, even the ones who just want to write pure fluff (or some degree of fluff), write from our own personal perspective, a perspective influenced by those ideas and opinions.

The question, then, is this: how much of our own personal agendas should we include in our writing?  I spoke about morality, and that’s related, but this goes much deeper than that; many of these issues may even drive our desire to write, even those we choose the medium of fiction instead of non-fiction or some kind of religion or rights advocacy.

Some of our ideas and opinions are, of course, going to leak through.  But what about conscious additions?  What about entire subplots that are clearly driven by some social issue or religious agenda?  Does this have its place?  Or should we save it for another medium?

Say the novel is a fantasy story, like I write.  But say the author includes some kind of driving feminist agenda.  Where in the library should this book go?  Feminist literature?  Or just in the plain old fantasy section?  What place do our agendas have in our fiction?  Should we do our level best to exclude them from our stories, or do we have the right to include them?  More than that, is there some kind of obligation to include them?  Are they good?  Or bad?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the matter.

I intend to write a third part on this subject, zeroing in particularly on religion.

Write always,

E.S. Hilt

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3 thoughts on “A Place For Opinion

  1. I suppose it depends on what kind of story the writer is trying to tell, and whether the opinion helps or hinders that.

    • It’s always conditional, isn’t it? Thanks for your feedback!

      • Haha, yeah. There’s a lot that can be justified. I wonder if there are unconditionals in writing? There are some authors who write just to see if they can override some of things that are taken as must-haves, such a deliberate misuse of punctuation or syntax. Some authors are not only capable of ignoring the ‘rules’, but doing something greater through that transgression.

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