Ever notice how there are hardly any stories that encourage society or the way that humanity has progressed? How many stories are about patting humanity on the back and telling it “Good job!”?
Think of all the classics out there. Think about all those books you had to read in English. What were they about?
They were about change. They were about revealing how crummy this world really is. They were all about prophecy, and how our world would fall apart if we continued down the same path. They were about destroying something that shouldn’t even exist.
Sure, there was a lot of symbolism. Nothing is ever clear in great art…because it makes you think. Only the wise will ever understand.
Well, I’m asking you to understand what I’m saying. What makes a world-changing story, you ask?
A story that rips out and burns the status quo…and helps us see why…and maybe shows us a better one.
Tell the world it sucks. Go ahead, doing it. You’re probably only a writer because there’s something about your life that you hate, or there’s something in this world that disgusts you. You only write because you want to change or you want to be heard.
Isn’t that why you’re here, dear writers?
The stupid, forgotten stories are the ones that congratulate humanity. What’s there to congratulate? The only times we are triumphant is when we have God working through us. Other than that, we fall short.
Write something that makes someone stop and think. Bring their life to a sudden halt; make them slam the brakes and let them just sit there in the middle of the road, listening to their engine idle, as they strive to grasp the audacity of what you have said.
Think I’m wrong about all this? Go ahead and prove it. Your opinions are welcome here.
What do you think?
By the way, I’m officially a self-published author. If you like me and you like the way I write, check out my fantasy novel here. It will stop and make you think.