Welcome to wwwblogs. Today, we’re going to be discussing the effect of societal trends on the author. How those trends affect what we’re writing about and how we appear to our public.
Societal trends are those things that society is emulating, talking about, or showing their anger over. They are issues that we as authors can’t ignore but we also can’t publicly comment on them.
“Hey, hold on,” you cry. “What do you mean we can’t comment on them? This is important to me too!”
Yes, I’m sure you think commenting on these issues. Everyone has an opinion and we do like to flaunt them on social media. But for the author, that can be a tragedy in the making. As was learned during the last Presidential election, we have fans on all sides of an election and standing for one candidate over another vocally can lose you readers. Some may eventually come back, but the reality is that our fans create an image in their heads about what our beliefs are. We love our fans. We don’t want to lose our fans. Therefore, we must remain quiet on hot topics so that they don’t have their dreams crushed.
However, when it comes to writing about societal trends, the author is now working with fiction. Fans will forgive us a book that supports the underdog. Isn’t that what it’s all about, the underdog winning over someone for an issue people can relate to? It’s in how we present our ideas that will keep our book being read while our fans can nod knowingly and think that we’re exactly how they thought we were.
So, when it comes to societal trends, include them in your newest book, if that works. But don’t include them in your public postings.
About K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.