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If you’re a writer you probably came to the craft wanting to express something. If it didn’t have anything to do with your personal life perhaps you needed to get your voice across about an event, opinion, or even retell a story. In that way, you knew that you had words that needed to make their way across the page so you began to scribble them down. But, what if you’re a fiction writer and you’re tasked with writing stories? How can you take something personal and create the political through the fiction craft? I’ll tell you the top five ways to incorporate social climate and messages throughout your work.


1. Create Dynamic and Meaningful Characters

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Typically, politics emerge from social interaction. The interaction between two people created something that can be commented on which then gave rise to a government or state. The people are the characters that create a given society so in fiction writing there can be features that set them apart such as a political belief, religion, sex, level of education, or even social class. All of these things work at intersections of identity which then fuses the background of a character and impacts the plot in various ways. In essence, create multicultural characters.


2. Comment and Create a Specific Setting

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There are places in society that can cause more or less social tension to happen. For example, bathrooms can be symbolic in that they can serve as an area where queer people are accepted or denied or where races are divided. Historically, bathrooms have been a place in society that has caused conflict. However, there are other settings such as a park, classroom, or even a restaurant where cultures can clash over politics.


3. Play with Concepts

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The reason why there are so many dystopian novels flying off of the shelf has nothing to do with who the writer is but everything to do with the concept. Most of the time, concepts that are well written revolve around a “what-if” scenario that incorporates some kind of social change. A dystopia is a corrupt society, however, the societal disruption happened due to some flaw in the social climate. So, make a dystopia where the concept is strong enough to be written alongside a multifaceted arc. This will give way to commentary on everyday life by distorting the idea of “what-is.”


4. Retell the Original Story

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The retelling of a specific story can be impactful if the story is clear to the reader. It can also serve as a way to change the way that history was once written. When retelling, sticking to the plot can make it clear as to what is being done, but don’t fear to stray away from the way the original story opens or close. Changing how certain characters are perceived can be a great way to convey a sense of hopefulness or despair in parallelization to our current social climate.


5. Shift the Point of View

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Lastly, changing the point of view can make the reader realize a different truth from another angle. Remember that in fiction in order to make our readers care we have to have amazing characters whose personalities are what we want to follow. If we can hook our reader to watch the story unfold from multiple different lenses then they are more likely to empathize with the political message you’re trying to convey. A great portion of writing an amazing story has to deal with empathy. And, a key component of that is choosing whether it’s the first, third, or rotating point of view that you want your reader to relate to.

To: You

From: SA

Subject: Love Yourself

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This is a blog post for anyone. I don’t know why, but I was lead to write this for someone because I think, more often than not, we forget what genuine confidence and self-love happens to be. And, as a writer, the only way I can get through to you is through my words. So, allow me to share with you some advice that you can carry throughout your day.

When I write,

I’m writing to exhale.

I’m writing to escape.

I’m writing to energize.

I’m writing to you. Continue reading “Have High Self Esteem, Have Confidence, on Writing My Way Out of Despair”

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I’m what they call an “Indie Author” because I control my own profits, what gets published and when, what I create, and how I sell. At best, I’m an entrepreneur. I make and run my own money, and at the end of a night, I create a budget for my daily life as well as my life as a writer. However, what happens when you’re in college and you can’t do this as well because you don’t have the funds?

In this essay, I’m here to share with you how I run my own business with a budget that’s below $300. And, even if you aren’t a writer, maybe this will inspire you to start up something for yourself or use something that I share with you to help you do something on your own. I’m going to keep this as short as possible so I’ll be giving you five major tips.

Continue reading “5 Tips to Entrepreneur​ on a Budget”

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On social media, there is a special species of creatures that create books, sell them from their houses, borrow ISBN codes, rent out libraries to make their faces known, hide under covers at night hoping to catch all their errors, and hobble on sidewalks wired by coffee. They are more than likely congregated the timelines of Twitter, supporting each other, and trying to sell the next best thing. These people are known as “Indie Authors.” But, what are the five things that they all share in common that go unnoticed? And, do these five things apply to you?

Continue reading “What MAKES an Indie Author? 5 Qualities Indie Authors Have”

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Being at a standstill in your writing is a lot like being stuck in traffic. You have a destination that you intend to reach but it seems as if you just can’t get there soon enough due to many, many road blocks. No matter what life’s distractions happens to be I have the tips you need to get through. Trust me, we’ve all been there, but here are my top five ways you can write through a standstill.

Continue reading “Writing Through a Standstill: 5 Ways To Get Back To Productivity”

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Every writer writes a book differently, the ways to go about the writing process varies from person to person and pen to pen. There is not a one size fit all way of finishing an entire manuscript, however, there are technical tools and some questions that can be answered.

1.) How do you start a novel?

Start a novel by first writing a great short story no more than 1,000 words and then extending some of the main ideas into the longer draft. A novel is nothing more than an extended short story. If you can begin by telling your story in one sentence using the formula: “This story is about _ _ _” then you are well on your way to beginning a novel.

2.) Are there word counts to a novel? Does my novel have to be a certain length?

Every novel is different. I have stumbled across terms from novel, to novella, and even novellete, but what matters most is the quality over the quantity. A best seller doesn’t mean that it has to be 100,000 words. It can simply be 20,000 and have just as much depth. It’s not about the amount you write, rather how you write.

3.) What can I use to write my novel?

Every writer has different tools up their sleeve to help get the job done, some prefer Microsoft Word over Pages, while others like to be fancy and buy Scrivener in order to help with the detailing of plot as well as chapter organization, that is subjective to what you feel comfortable with.

4.) Once I’ve written my novel, do I need to find an editor?

Yes, you do need an editor but you don’t have to find one. You can begin with being your editor simply by editing your words at home and then have friends or a neighbor take a look at it. I wouldn’t suggest investing into an editor until your novel is ready to be placed on the shelves of various book stores.

5.) How do I self publish?

There are many different websites that will allow you to print paperbacks and gain copyrights, however, the one I think is useful for every self-publishing writer would be Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. It will allow you to self-publish online free of charge as well as edit your work so that you can be ready for paperback. Amazon has great advertising plans as well as places to network with other writers online.

6.) When I self publish should I find an agent?

If you decide that an agent is important to your development as being a professional writer then maybe self publishing isn’t for you. Agents don’t want work that have already been released to the world, they want what’s new and untouched by many. So, keep your work private and find the agent that is best for you.

7.) Where can I locate an agent?

Social media is a platform that is crucial to being a successful writer, it is where you can find an agent, gain beta readers, as well as be able to network with various publishing houses for internships. Twitter is where alot of agents spend their time looking for great work, reach out to the one who fits your genre and follow their guidelines on how to send a query letter.