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The Most Important Writing Prompt In The World?

Writers need Prompts—Incentives to set themselves to the task of Creation

Back in April I wrote a post called World Peace ~ Fiction or Reality ?

There’s a video in that post and the man in the video begins with the words of A. E. Houseman:

High upon the hill of summer,

Lazy with the flow of streams,

Hark I hear a distant drummer,

Drumming like a sound in dreams,

Far and near and low and louder on the roads of earth go by,

Dear to friend and food to powder,

Soldiers marching,

Soon to die.

War has been a writing prompt since humanity first spawned authors.

Peace, not so much

My recently published short novel used Peace, and the road to get there, as its incentive for existence.

That post from April said:

“While I absolutely don’t feel and certainly can’t imagine that all creative writers Must labor to weave social issues into their work, I deeply hope more of them will—I think our Human Family deserves it

Do you feel Global Peace is the most important social issue?

Even if you feel it’s the most pressing social concern, do you feel creative writers should use it as a Prompt?

In response to one of the Comments on that post, I said: “My personal feeling is that most folks have the attitude that world peace is completely impossible so why read a book about it

And, if folks don’t want to read books about how to establish peace, why should writers create such books?

Out of a sense of Social Responsibility?

The author Jane Watson commented on that post with these words:

“I think that mankind has been concerned with writing about social issues since we began putting pen to paper, not to sell books, but because writing is a way of connecting and letting people know about issues that are important to the writer—and before the invention of the printing press perhaps we used song and epic poems sung by the bard to talk about these issues.

“Now because of our greater access to the wider world, writers have more global concerns to deal with. The meaning of the word ‘responsibility’ surely implies that you ‘respond’ and take on the consequences of that response and act accordingly.

“Responsibility is an internal process for the individual, it cannot be forced upon them, but it cannot also be ignored by the authentic individual. I guess the question here is, as individuals, should writers still in this day and age read their own hearts correctly and ‘respond’ appropriately to their surroundings? And I would say: Yes.”


Since children can be considered to be the Future of Humanity, I offer you a video that might serve as a writing prompt—an incentive for you or one of your friends—a motivator toward the creation of stories that humanity just might desperately need

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3 responses to “The Most Important Writing Prompt In The World?

  1. Martina Sevecke-Pohlen December 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Global peace is a big issue, and a lot of people shrink away from big issues when they battle with hundreds of little problems every day. They find it difficult to take responsibility for their own lives, thinking about abstracts like peace, justice, freedom frightens them. But are authors different from other people? I think they are, because authors can’t close their minds against the constant nagging of some kind of half-awareness that there are wrongs that need be adressed. Your writing prompt gives a particular face to an abstract issue. At this time of the year we hear lots of speeches about peace on earth. The authors of those speeches had better take a look at your writing prompt.

    Dear Alexander, I wish you a merry Christmas and that your wish for peace on earth comes true.


    • Alexander M Zoltai December 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Dear Martina,

      Your comments are critically important.

      Even folks who avoid “abstract” issues like peace are still in the grip of an abstract issue—avoiding the obvious

      As far as your lovely wish that my wish for peace on earth comes true—I feel Global Peace is inevitable

      Happy Holidays :-)


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