It’s been a tough week in politics and I know a lot of people are not feeling all that great about the state of things, but I want to remind the writers out there that our job is twice as important right now. When things are hard people turn to their favorite distractions as a place to escape. While it’s tempting to put down our pens, or to pack up our keyboards, now is when the important work happens.
Remember that those of us who write fiction have a special duty to our readers to give them a story that can help them slay the dragons in their lives and remind them that they, the average person, has been carrying a sword all along.
I know turning on the news, looking at Facebook, or going on Twitter can really be a drain and sometimes it even makes me feel powerless. Yet, I always pause to remember that my power is in my words and in my stories. Our power is always in the words we yield and it can’t be taken from us. As long as we chose to use them.
So word warriors, write that novel, short story, non-fiction essay, that news expose, that journal entry, or that newspaper editorial. Get back to work.
We all have some fighting to do.
There is another thing you can do. If you need to contact your Senator regarding the new healthcare bill to express your extreme displeasure, and to request they vote no, you can reach them easily through the Senate switchboard.
You may phone the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.