AW Blogchain: Art imitates life

And so here ends the AW January blogchain. Razib Ahmed kicked off the chain by introducing the theme of recession and how it affects people across the world, especially people from more affluent nations. Benjamin Solah then concentrates on how people turn on each other in these difficult times. Bad times invite flare ups in the no man’s land of class war. FreshHell took the theme home by showcasing how racial divides still linger on the surface in her home state. WendyNYC reminds us that not all racism is blatant. What we say behind close doors reveals as much as we say in public. Madderblue took on the theme of language and how it differs in different countries. Kat Frass ran with the theme and illustrated how language changes even among those who speak the same mother tongue. I’ll have to watch out for those rubbers! Veinglory caps the discussion on English idioms by tackling gender neutral pronouns. Truelyana takes us to the heights of lyrical construction with her take on language and meaning.

Considering this is a writer’s blog I think I should link this to writing. The words we choose as writers reflect our, social standing, nation of origin, prejudices (blatant or otherwise).  We harvest stories from conflict, whether they be,  economic, racial, cultural or national. While many of us write fiction, that fiction is intimately tied to our reality. We are what we write and we write about who we are. This is true even if our main characters search for buried treasure, slay dragons, explore deep space or struggle with domestic problems.

What we write reflects all these things.

With those words I close this chainblog. Until next time….

12 comments on “AW Blogchain: Art imitates life

  1. Well expressed. 🙂 Great blog chain wasn’t it.


  2. Weird turns make life interesting!

    I do agree that we write who we are, but my writing is typically an over-the-top version of who I am. Often I will take a small, niggling fear or anxiety of mine and develop an entire character around it. I’m not nearly as neurotic as my characters. At least I hope not!


  3. Great job bringing this blog chain full circle. It had a few twists and turns. Like an old game of “telephone”, the first post and the last seem to have not much in common. LOL. That is the fun part of blog chains.

    I agree with Wendy that many of my fiction characters will take a minor personality trait of mine and display it in an over-the-top way. Sure.. I’m a perfectionist (in a completely non-obsessive way).. but it is a lot more fun to create a character who is completely obsessive with their perfection.

    Great chain everyone!


  4. What a nice post to end up the blog chain. Yes, I agree with you that we are what we write. I enjoyed the chain a lot and I am thinking that we should have a February chain too.


  5. Yep. Agreed. I never wanted to be pegged as strictly a “Southern writer” but I guess I am in that I’m Southern, a writer, and write about people whose experiences I understand. Often that means they live in the South – a fictional version of it. So, I suppose I fit that stereotype. Which would be fine – as long as I’m published. They can call me whatever they want.


    • Good points on stereotyping fh. I didn’t mean to imply that writing what you know consciously or otherwise should necessarily lead to stereotyping or typecasting but I can see it happening.

      As long as you write what you love, that is what matters.


  6. Here! Here! What a wonderful note to end on.


    • Hi Terrie. I see by reading your blog that you are currently living in Japan. My other project is a anime/manga inspired novel. A bit on the violent side (big surprise there) but does include a few elements of Japanese culture and locations. You can see the first draft excerpts here. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

      Again, thank you for your comments, glad you liked the post.


  7. Finally got the commenting on everyone’s blogs. I totally agree! That’s why I think when people say their blog is objective, or “not political” they’re full of crap because everything is influenced by something.


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