IWSG: How Does My Fiction Serve Others?


IM001105This is a post for the Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop.

Writing can seem like a selfish game. I spend hours at work on my fiction, and more hours scheming on how to promote myself-as-writer in the world of social media. I have Tweeted repeatedly to gain new readers for my serialized short story Death Untimely and my nonfiction Blogging Handbook for Fiction Writers. See? I’m even doing it right now in the middle of the blog post.

The way to overcome the selfish-writer thing is for me to take a good look at my work and ask myself ‘How does my fiction serve others?’ And I think every writer from time to time might ask that question.

One way my writing can serve others is as a source of non-vile entertainment. An important thing in these days when the evening television line-up seems to consist purely of risque programming, and a filthy sadomasochistic book is winning high praise from people who don’t know any better.

Another way it can serve others is by being free from the fashionable, socially acceptable forms of hate— hatred of Christians signaled by calling them ‘haters’ because they won’t change their faith as directed by leaders of leftist causes such as the the marriage redefinition movement. Hatred of Jews that’s OK because the haters call themselves anti-Zionist and ignore the fact that their beloved Hamas leaders are repeating the infamous and false ‘blood libel’ against the Jews. In the United States, hatred of all Republicans as ‘racist’ in spite of the fact that the party was founded for the purpose of freeing the slaves and the fact that black conservatives are highly popular as potential presidential candidates in Republican circles.

Another way my writing can serve is by being a source of information. I’ve learned a great many things over the years. Some of them can certainly be of use in my fiction. That’s better than creating some of the dumbed-down works of fiction we see today, especially in the YA category, to flatter readers into thinking they are knowledgeable by hiding the whole world of facts they are unlikely to know.

Finally, my work can serve by being accurate about things like the Christian faith, the Bible and the Catholic Church in a world in which many are spreading falsehoods. It seems unbelievable to me, but there are people out there who don’t even know what the Golden Rule is. No, it’s not ‘the guy with the gold makes the rules.’ It’s ‘do unto others as you would have others do unto you’.

And the Golden Rule illustrates what I’m trying to do with this blog post. I like it when people try to make me feel encouraged and uplifted about my writing. I hope I can make you feel encouraged and uplifted about yours. Your writing is not just a selfish thing— it can be part of a selfless mission to serve others. It’s up to you to find the ways that you can do that.

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One way I like to help others is by giving them a ‘like’ on their Facebook author page. If you have such a page, give me the link in a comment and I will ‘like’ it if possible. (I can’t like pages that are pro-porn or pro-anti-Semitism because of my Catholic faith. But I don’t believe in judging you about it either.) My own FB author page is: https://www.facebook.com/NissaAnnakindt

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8 thoughts on “IWSG: How Does My Fiction Serve Others?

  1. I never thought about my writing ‘serving’ others. I know in a religious sense it probably does not. However, my YA characters are ones that are not the typical popular, mean girl/guy characters. I try to give my characters morals, values and make them think twice about their decisions. In the story I am working on now, and will probably be published next year (ha, there is the promotion of self you mentioned above) the main character makes a decision to wait on having sex until she is married. It is a personal decision and one that tests her every day, given how other students are and that she has a boyfriend she cares deeply about. This is a three book series which will cover the character from the age of 17-24 so that decision may change but I want teens to read this and know there are other people out there like them and that it’s okay to not bow to the pressures of society…that’s my hope for this current series and readers anyway!

  2. I agree with you that many YA characters fit in a rather tight mold and not a helpful one! I think one of the many ways we can serve our readers is to give them better main characters – especially in YA/MG. Characters with flaws, fears, anxieties and questions that readers will be able to identify with.

    A very thought provoking post – thanks!

  3. I live by that Golden Rule, but I am not religious at all. I was just raised to be a good person and to treat others how I would want to be treated. So that’s how I live.

    I agree that books don’t and shouldn’t have to be gratuitous to sell.

  4. HI, Nissa,

    I like your motto of helping others through your writing. Good for you. It good to give back to such as great a community as ours is. I do my part by featuring new novels and creating imaginative intros for them. Supporting other writers something we all do, thankfully. That is why we are such a great community!

  5. I never thought about my writing serving others. I guess it was always about the storytelling for me, but you’ve really brought up a great point.

    I’m heading over to like your page now. 🙂

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