October 15, 2017
Need a reason to write? If so, write to fight!
When writing is a form of activism it allows writers to speak to readers, offering needed information, inspiration, advice, and/or solutions about societal ills.
When writing also serves as a form of deliverance, it provides a forum for speaking for others who can’t express themselves about trauma or other personal/family issues.
Fiction and nonfiction are equally suitable to write to fight, and you can pen works for children and/or adults.
A plus: writing to fight frustrates writer’s block and jumpstarts creativity because writing out of passion, purpose, or interest provides ample material for new projects.
What to write?
- Write deep, thought-provoking material that angers readers, provoking them to action.
- Write funny prose that makes people smile, LOL, or ROFL.
- Write soul-wrenching material that sparks questions, forcing readers to examine their lives and change for the better, where applicable.
- Write heart-felt letters, emails, or responses to social media messages that provide your viewpoints on current issues and events.
Write for these and other reasons while fighting any or all of the following.
Despondency. People need hope. Some have suffered catastrophic circumstances rendering them unable to believe hope is possible or achievable. Write to fight despondency and pen hope-filled material that changes lives.
Illiteracy. It’s heartbreaking to know that in the 21st Century, millions of people cannot read. Write to fight illiteracy by penning materials that help non-readers develop essential literacy skills for succeeding in every area of life.
Boredom. Many children and adults are reluctant readers because they believe reading is boring. You can change that! Write to fight boredom. Pen entertaining material, whisking readers to fictional places where anything is possible. Pen high-interest nonfiction that fascinates readers, whetting their desire to explore others books. Create puzzles, quizzes, brain teasers, and other fillers that spark imagination, build vocabulary, and/or work readers’ brains.
Injustice. Your heart burns when you see, read, or experience injustice. So, write about it! Write to fight injustice. Write against past or current events negatively impacting individuals, families, nations. Write to share your outrage, demanding change. Write to share your experiences, or those of friends, family, co-workers, etc. Write to offer solutions. Write to involved organizations and/or parties, where applicable.
Self-Destruction. Write to help people win at life. People desperate for change seek information, advice, and inspiration to live successful, meaningful lives. Your writing can help meet that need, helping them overcome thorny, self-destructive habits.
Rejection. Write to fight rejection. Rejection fuels self-destructive behavior. Feelings of rejection also cause people to act out in many ways, hurting others. Kids and adults grappling with rejection need to feel accepted, and they need to learn how to accept others, especially those who are different. Moreover, they need resources that underscore hurting others is unacceptable – always.
Fear. A plethora of situations trigger fear, from which some people never regain courage. Write to fight fear in every area of life, penning nonfiction and fiction that authentically shows fear yet also also inspire courage.
Isolation. Write to fight feelings of isolation for people who are separated from others due to interpersonal strife, incarceration, ill health, or other factors.
Ignorance. Write to fight ignorance. Writing is a great teaching tool. Write to inform readers, and help combat ignorance in one or more areas. Sometimes we think we need to have all the answers, and provide those to readers. Not so! Invite readers’ further exploration, compelling them to learn more about your prose’s topic(s). In this way, readers are equipped to learn, grow, discover needed resources, and/or find help in fighting issues important to them.
When you write to fight, there is no limit to what you can write – articles, blogs, devotionals, novels, poetry, short stories, activities (i.e., puzzles), coloring books, comic books, movies, plays, skits, and more!
Write your preferred genre(s), or explore others that may allow you to more effectively write to fight. Above all, write to fight what matters most to you!
Lisa A. Crayton is an award-winning freelance writer, multi-published author, conference speaker…and more. She loves helping writers, and challenging them to achieve their goals and dreams! Connect with her on Facebook.