“The pen is mightier than the sword”.
In case you didn’t know, this well-known quote first appeared in the play “Richelieu” by Edward Bulwer-Lutton, in 1839. Although it’s become a little dog-eared, like all hackneyed phrases, it contains a deep truth. In the play, Cardinal Richelieu, a priest who could not advocate violence, advised Louise XIII to save his kingdom by words rather than force.
I doubt a writer of today would consider their work to be an alternative to war but many do not appreciate the power of words.
As novelists, we do not need to be revolutionaries or writers of propaganda to influence our readership. Whether or not that is our aim, the fact remains that it is what we do. The sceptic who says that fiction is merely entertainment and has no informative value, does not appreciate the subtle messages with which the reader is shaping their thinking and values.
At e-bshop we encourage and publish fictional literature which seeks to uphold principles of justice, compassion and humanitarian values. We applaud those writers who use their skill to uncover injustice, maintain Godly values and renew fair thinking. If we want to create a better world, we need to be attentive to what we write.
If you wish to read more on this subject, visit the “authors corner” and select the 10 modules on how to write a good novel.