Our Message Matters
We were born to write and writing itself is an addiction like none other. Many of us writers have a message we need to spread to the world and the best way for our voices to be heard is through our typing. We speak through the words we pen to paper or type on a screen. We each have an important message to relay to others and while our messages may reside on opposite ends of the spectrum, they’re equally important.
We all have a desire that draws us in. For a few of us, such a desire draws us in. For myself, spreading the message of liberty is of utmost importance so listening to the Liberty Report and reading from the Cato Institute, Free State, and Free Thought Projects are sacred times. For you, the message may be something else; you may be on the conservative or liberal side of the spectrum, and that’s okay. Our opinions deserve to be heard.
If we’ve written manuscripts or have published full-length novels, we may have an overall theme in our work. The theme can be anything, and each main character has what’s coined a story-worthy problem, something that makes the story worth reading. What are the lessons your characters must learn and what were they really looking to gain from themselves? This makes the story, but it also makes your message come to life before a reader’s eyes.
Now, I know some of us may be shy about spreading our message. What will our friends, family, peers, co-workers, and others think? Don’t be afraid to burn a few bridges, as more bridges, better, sturdier bridges, will be built in their place. Never be shy about voicing your opinion. It deserves to be heard. Again, I don’t care if it differs from mine. We’re all unique in this world and differences in opinion will make us unique.
When we spread our message, I always advise others to do sound research. I love to read an article or watch a video before diving into my analysis regarding any subject. Always have a source to back up the claim; that’s important. If your message is a work of fiction, you can always say what influenced you to write the work.
Take my manuscript trilogy, Age of Columbia, for instance. In the first book, Uprising, the main character is an ignorant college athlete who inadvertently crosses the imperialism poisoning his colony. When this happens, the story is set in motion.
But, what motivated me to write Age of Columbia?
Age of Columbia stemmed from the History Channel miniseries, Sons of Liberty, and I wondered what a revolutionary war would like in modern times, with fantasy elements involved since I love fantasy. I’ve been a history buff my whole life and the American Revolution had been my favorite area of study since high school. The Founding Fathers and U.S. Constitution have always captivated me, and my political views are a direct interpretation of how I feel America’s Founders would interpret any given law.
For you, your message may be anything in your works that you find worth telling an audience about. Again, your message may differ from mine, but always keep your influences in mind when writing your story.
And finally, remember your message is important, even if your friends and family find it irrelevant. Someone is going to find it relevant. Look at America today and think of your own vision for America. We may have different visions for America, but at the same time, our voices deserve to be heard. When it comes to finding America, we can relate to certain groups of people who share our passion, whether on the left, right, or middle of the political spectrum. Good luck to all of you and may you spread your vision far and wide.