This week, Chris asked us
Do you end up writing something to escape it or to incorporate it or to try and explain it or to solve it?
Here’s my reply:
The only time that I’m aware of world news having had an impact on my writing was when I wrote a script for a WWI dramatisation and then obviously, I used old news reports and first hand accounts of the war, written by service men. Being immersed in such horror was an emotional and rather painful experience but in trying to put myself in the position of people who experienced the war, I learned an enormous amount.
I much prefer to write fiction, escaping into whatever world I’m creating and I hope that anyone who reads it is entertained and carried along with me too. I am, of course, influenced by what goes on around me but I’m not aware of it having any influence on my fiction writing although I know that I observe people in the news and people around me and incorporate elements of their characteristics and idiosyncrasies in my stories. Watching world events unfold can sometimes be shocking and give rise to feelings of hopelessness, so from time to time, I like to escape in a story – whether I’m writing it or reading it.
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The World War One script was written for the Forget Never, Oublier Jamais, Vergessen Niemals Project and may be performed this year at Christmas, in Meaux, France and Heiligenhaus, Germany.
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