The Historical Role of Writers and Authors in Society

I will leave you with a powerful and inspiring post from Karen Dowdall which should be read by all writers. We do have a responsibility to write stories that help change the elements of society which are harmful to all of us. It takes courage to speak out for change… but as Karen points out authors of the past did just that. Thanks to Debby Gies for sharing…#recommended

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I believe our global world is teetering on a precipice or an abyss. However we wish to view our global situation, because there are too many dictators that have now gained power. The supposed purpose of our American Democratic Republic was, and hopefully will be again someday, for religious freedom and economic prosperity. Democracy, however, is losing.

Therefore, in my opinion, writers can and should share their views.  The governmental policies are everyone’s business, because our lives, how we live our lives, are dependent upon on our written and verbal voices.  Writers have a voice, an audience, a vibrant and often collective voice.

Fiction, especially, is a vehicle to express societal needs and wants for a better life. Consider A Tale of Two Cities, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Scarlet Letter, Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Roots, and so many others.  All of these written…

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17 thoughts on “The Historical Role of Writers and Authors in Society

  1. I know a lot of writers don’t like to get ‘political’ for fear that they will offend parts of their readership, but I believe that our fundamental attitudes always colour our writing, even if we’re not aware of it. That said, if readers don’t share our views they will never ‘love’ our books, so why not be upfront about those views? As writers, we can be honest without being obnoxious!

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    • I agree Meeka.. I have been around for 66 years and witnessed world events and the damage that those in power have done to our world and our individual countries. I would be denying my own history if I did not voice my opinions on certain issues. What is the point otherwise.. and as long as it is balanced it might just make a difference. Which is what I believe holds a lot of people back as they think as one person they cannot make a difference..


      • Hey! We’re the same age. Totally agree about making a difference. I’ve always been glass-half-full and I think you are too. All of us together can accomplish anything. -hugs-

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  2. Sally, thank you so very much and through you, you will help reach many more writers and others. I am thrilled that so many of us here, do know the critical importance of doing what authors have historically done – Write about justice, democracy, authoritarianism, and equality. Writers and Authors have helped greatly to change the world and we can do that again. Thank you.

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  3. I think the best writers offer alternatives to allow us to experience the lives of others, to let us see both sides of an argument. Without being able to empathize, we become wild, like the boys in Lord of the Flies.

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  4. Thanks Sally. You have such a sane voice. I believe writers with the best intentions CAN make a difference in the world. We can gently urge, or encourage, others to think and read a bit deeper than many do. I never cease to be amazed by the sheer number of “people-sheep” there are in the world, seemingly afraid to think for themselves. Those in power, of course, depend on such a situation…(I’d better stop as I can feel my deep, rebellious streak, emerging..!) Peace to the world. x

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