18 April 2007

Writing (and Reading) Through Tragedy

If you'd indulge me for a moment, I'm changing course today. In the past few days, we've been flooded with some very painful images, and of course it brings to mind other recent and not-so-recent tragedies.

We all have ways of coping, whether it's the loss of a loved one, or the more distant feelings of loss for people we never met.

I've never been good at writing while I'm upset. I can't even read fiction when I'm troubled. Later on, however, I note that tragic themes can surface in my writing. September 11 figures in Princes of Anfall. Flooding figures in Lords of Ch'i.

Besides helping ourselves, how can we help others? After all, we're just romance writers, right? And romance readers, right? But we're a community, and communities can do a lot when they band together. Offer solace, talk, chat, blog, instant message, show compassion, reach out.

REACH OUT. Do you know someone who is depressed, suffering a loss, overwhelmed by television images, upset about Don Imus, whatever... And perhaps, if you're a writer, you can find a way to tell an important story, no matter how cloaked in mystery, romance, or comedy.
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