Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Edgy Writing Declares War on Society’s Issues


by M. J. Joachim 

Perhaps it’s the thrill of sorting out good from evil. Maybe it’s the idea of sharing a symbolic message, and the fact that I can use shock value to get my point across. I suppose it could be that removing oneself from one’s comfort zone raises awareness in most people.

Yes, my FlashTyme stories are a bit edgy. There’s little room for doubt on that score. However, most of them are also filled with deeper meaning, unveiling a hidden inspiration to anyone daring to discover the message I’m trying to express.

Some topics lend themselves well to edgy literary works, much more so than research papers and documents filled with statistics. Consider all the controversy over politics, human rights, criminal rights and a host of other noteworthy subjects. Are any of these issues solved with the constant bantering that takes place around them? Aren’t people more inclined to tune out, than engage – unless of course they’re so focused on their own response, that they never hear the other person anyway?

Writers have an opportunity and an obligation to share the vision of making the world a better place. We don’t do it by sitting on the side-lines and writing fluff. We don’t do it by engaging in the over-inflated ego contest, presenting itself as a war on words. We do it by writing the stories that catch people off-guard and make them think.

I mean, who really wants to read a research article about a broken family, suffering through the plight of their loved one disappearing off the face of the earth? However, a strong flash fiction story will drive the point home that society needs to address this issue and respond to those families with more empathy and compassion. A novel about missing children and how God comes to their assistance, making their suffering so much easier to bear, speaks volumes. The Shack comes to mind, a book that continues to inspire me regarding missing children and their families.

You might feel a little bit uneasy when reading stories on FlashTyme, and that’s okay. I feel a little uncomfortable writing them too, but how can I let that prevent me from addressing real issues in a real society, albeit through an imaginary medium?

Until next time, I wish you well.
M. J.