Idea Issues

Hello, I'm new to your website and so far this site has helped me. Since I'm new to writing also, my question is: Can a writer write about his/her own creatures, world, epics and myths without outside issues?


Answer: Let me say upfront that I'm not entirely sure what you are asking.

If you are asking whether a fantasy novel can avoid reflecting on issues from the real world or today's society, I'd say "yes, at least to some extent." High fantasy, such as Tolkein's works often lets readers feel they are escaping the issues of the modern world and exploring an (often idealised) fantasy world, which has problems and values that they can pretend existed in the past but probably didn't quite.

On the other hand, there are plenty of fantasy books where issues and problems in our world are deliberately explored in the fantasy world. Some fantasy stories are outright allegories for our world. Hard core science fiction deliberately sets out to explore emerging issues and trends in our world by extrapolating them into a future or alien setting.

So you are free to pretty much do what you want.

The problem is, can you actually avoid reflecting the issues you see in the real world? Can you escape from your own value system? I would doubt it. To some extent, your values will likely be a part of your creation (that's why you will feel passionate about it), and your values are to some extent a product of your experiences in this world.

You don't have to spend time thinking about these values and issues. You can just focus on writing a good story. But don't be surprised if some readers see parallels between your fantasy world and the world you live in.

On the other hand, your writing may be more meaningful if you consciously incorporate values and issues drawn from the real world that you feel are worthy of exploration.

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