Sunday, July 31, 2016

To Vote, To Write

To vote is to claim I have the right to tell others what to do, as well as acknowledging that they have the right to tell me what to do. I am willing to accept neither assertion.

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This is not necessarily something I personally believe but it is a viewpoint I can understand. It is an anarchist viewpoint, a consistent viewpoint.

I jot down things like this from time to time. They are important for my fiction writing as they help me understand motivations, the inner workings of characters. Yes, there is some anarchist in me but there is also a monarchist and, sometimes, I even tend toward democracy. And much of the time, I don’t really care — the human race runs on.

It is entirely possible that the above statement on voting will show up in a novel or story down the line. Which one? Hard to say; there are political elements to pretty much all my adult novels. Yes, most are fantasies but fantasy needs to be true to life to be believable. People — and fairies — are political creatures.

I think it is valuable to be able to step back, to be disinterested, to be able to understand a variety of views, some in complete opposition to each other. We need to be willing to explore these. Otherwise, ones writing becomes narrow.

And what I do personally believe is liable to slip in between the lines anyway.

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