From Thoreau to Kim S. Robinson, vlogs to newspaper op-eds, social writing has had a huge impact on American literature and Americans through the centuries. Social writing is fiction and non-fiction, science-fiction and auto-biography. Such writing can be a large or small part of a piece, it's entirety or the sub-theme of a secondary character. It is timely, historical, and predictive. It is a platform for thinkers and writers, politicians and scientists to offer their musings to the public in intellectual, creative, original ways.
How a writer spreads their message can be tricky. Social writing is easily made (tediously) boring, pedantic, and drawn out. Readers love a good story, interesting characters, and fun plot twists. It's essential to build the world well, as with any work. One of the most lasting social writers of any age, William Shakespeare, left us with more than a description of life during his age. He left us with themes of freedom and commitment, duty and prejudice that persist in the modern world.
There are numerous works of literature that expound on political inequality, prejudice, and that predict future developments in science and society. From the New York Times to Daily Kos, Breitbart to the Alternative Media Project, writers are able to get their message out there. Science fiction is one of the most progressive of these venues, especially with regard to the prediction of new technologies and social constructs. Writers for television push the boundaries to the edge of believability weekly. What keeps us interested? What makes this writing enticing?
Good plots and characters, layered with a purpose, have done more for social progress than perhaps any other protest tool. In fiction, this layer adds to the complexity and charm of characters, while in non-fiction, the layer of social dissent makes the information engaging and compelling. In plot development, social protest brings intrigue, freeing the writer to discuss their social objective within the context of the story line or the history of the primary character.
A writer adds much to the craft by weaving their personal beliefs into their stories, especially with regard to the larger population within which they exist. Empathy and social concord appeal to readers because the work discusses them; their potential, their future. Writing is a vehicle, it is up to us as writers to do justice to the ideas, characters, and worlds for readers now and for the future.
As a writer, I spin tales to take the reader away from everyday life, if only for a few hours. However, becoming a published author and reaching readers is a struggle. Writers sit in front of laptops and tap away in hopes of creating the next great American novel. But what happens after the manuscript is written and edited?
It was a dilemma for a few of my fellow writers and me. One Sunday night at Denny’s we pondered the question. Sending query letters to publishers is nerve wrecking. It takes the stars to be aligned just right to connect and get a contract.
We knew there had to be another solution. Yes, self-publishing on Amazon is an option, but the writers at the Sunday Night Write In knew there had to be other alternatives. So in January, the idea of starting a publishing company for authors in the 518 was spawned.
The 518 Publishing Company, LLC has been created to help writers in the 518 to publication. We will make it happen.