creative writing

Politics in Writing


For a creative writer possession of the ‘truth’ is less important than emotional sincerity.

-George Orwell


So much of the current landscape in the United States (and the world) is being dominated by politics. The constant, overwhelming media barrage seems to be exhausting and polarizing people at an incredible rate.

It is also inspiring writers and artists.

I’m not surprised by this, since most creators are informed by their worldview, which is reflected in their work. I am curious how many other writers include personal politics in their work, intentionally or not.

A large amount of my work is satirical. For better or worse, I attempt to make light of real world events and situations (to varying degrees of success) and that includes politics. While satire can be “on the nose”, I’ve also caught myself designing characters that tend to reflect my own personal views in writing that had no intended political message.

I’m interested to know whether other writers create characters who express their own views, whatever they may be. As a writer, have you found the increasingly political modern landscape seeps into your writing? Or do you explicitly go out of your way to avoid any political statements in your work, overt or otherwise? Maybe your protagonists uphold your beliefs, or a an antagonist holds opposing values to yours.

No matter what your viewpoints, creativity is a valuable outlet. I believe the world would be a better place if more people expressed their emotions through art.

Have you found that your personal politics have an effect on you as an author?


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