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    figuring it all out HR Garcia's Avatar
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    Change the World? Entertain? Both?

    I met a fellow writer recently that was extremely passionate about how she wanted her book (YA post-apocalyptic) to change the world, the mindsets of young women, opinions on abortion, etc. Great for her, really. I admire the passion.

    But.

    My book (currently editing draft 3 of an adult psychological thriler) isn't inspirational, I don't expect it to change anyone's life, and I have no ulterior motives or political ideologies I want to get across. It's bleak. It's supposed to be. It's real and dark and gritty, and it's the kind of book I would want to read. It purposely doesn't have a happy ending.

    While driving home from the encounter, I wondered if I was doing something wrong, but then I realized it's okay to have both out there in the world. Some write to inspire, some write to entertain, and I suppose some are both.

    I'm curious what the general consensus is on this...
    Last edited by HR Garcia; 09-12-2018 at 11:05 PM.

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