There are a lot of words to describe the state of politics in the world today and this morning I’m posting just a random question that came to me while sitting in my local Starbucks:  Can we as writers describe the current chaotic state of politics as inspirational?

In other words, I’m curious if other writers in the Today’s Author community have been using the non-stop political news from around the globe as a creative spark for your works in progress, new works or anything creative.  Personally, I’ve been working on some ideas related to national and international politics (in a distant future, interplanetary sci-fi sort of area).

Whatever your or my politics might be, we are in a reality right now that on some days reads like fiction.  No one’s political views are right or wrong for this particular discussion, I really just want to see if other authors are finding ways to use the current state of things for a creative gain.  If you are, how are you using it in your work? If not, is this because you can’t find inspiration in it or is it because you need to get away from the 24-hour noise of it?  Looking forward to hearing about how you might or might not incorporate political issues into your works.


7 thoughts on “Politics

  1. I can definitely see how the politics of the day can inspire (either for good or bad) writers: with current events, there’s plenty of food for thought regardless of which side of the political spectrum you bathe in. I do sometimes incorporate political messages (relating to sexism, racism, homophobia, religious intolerance, etc) into my stories, but mainly because these subjects have been prevalent in society for a long time, and I feel the need sometimes to shout into the vacuum of the interwebs. Otherwise, I see writing as an escape from the madness of “reality.”

    If I had to sum up current politics in a single word, it would be FUBAR.

  2. It’s very inspirational – both good and bad. As the old saying goes, “The best stories come from bad choices.” Politics gives us a million bad choices and not just from recent news, but go back through the history of politics and you’ll see plenty of examples. Watergate, McCarthyism, and even the American Revolution is a study in bad choices. People who are writing any kind of story can learn a lot. I am currently writing a speculative fiction novel and wow – just read the daily news and boom, new idea for the book.

  3. It used to be inspirational. Now, it just makes me ‘mildly nauseous’.

  4. I’m not incorporating the current political tsunami in my current writing. One day – who knows? Brighter minds than mine will do the subject justice – how I love that word and wish it was on the tongues of the party in office.

  5. i got totally stuck while writing my current book because it takes place about a year after the election, for no political reason, and i started feeling so uncertain about what the very near future will look like.

    i was stuck for months. i have since finished it and it has some political undercurrents i didn’t originally expect.

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