Friday, December 5, 2014

Responsible Writing and the Need to Perform Our Duty

by M. J. Joachim

Writing is hard sometimes. It knocks the wind right out of your sails, takes your breath away and depletes your energy store. I was there yesterday after finishing three articles for the 2nd Annual Holiday Food Drive. Today’s the second day and there’s still a lot more work, reading, research and writing to be done. Mind you, I started immersing myself in this work last month when we decided to have an online food drive.

Studying hunger statistics is grueling, often depressing work. Reading and watching videos about the plight of those less fortunate and relating to them enough to write about their suffering, that’s not an easy task. Yet, as writers we have a responsibility to do just that. We have a need to tell the stories, raise the awareness with our words and try to make a difference.

It doesn’t matter how we do it - fiction, prose, poetry, non-fiction or pictorials, blogs, books, the list goes on. Thinking outside the box, there are probably as many ways to tell a story as there are to experience one. That’s our job and our passion. It’s what we do and what we can’t not do. Thankfully, not all the stories are so intense. Many of them don’t require as much in-depth research or kick us in the gut as hard.

Those that do must be told regardless. Our voice matters. It doesn’t matter if we’re telling our first person story about suffering from going hungry, promoting organizations that help people who are hungry or sharing statistics and news about our world hunger crisis. The goal is to keep the discussion going, perhaps engage a few more people in it and try to help wherever, whenever and however we can.

This is Day 2 of the 2nd Annual Holiday Food Drive taking place everywhere online. I hope you’ll join us by participating in the discussion, raising awareness about hunger as each new opportunity arises and assisting whenever and wherever you can, because it’s our world and while there will always be those suffering from hunger in our midst, we can make a difference. We can work together to ease the suffering of the many and help those in need.

Thank you for being a writer. Thank you for sharing your words and making an impact in our world with them. I appreciate and respect you, and I will always applaud your efforts!

M. J.

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