This morning I made the blood-pressure-spiking mistake of watching the Sunday news shows. We seem to be a nation talking in hyperbole at high decibels these days.
Instead, I want to talk about how public we should be as writers about our political leanings. The short answer is: it depends. "Should" is not even the right word. "Want to" is more accurate.
I'll 'fess up: I probably wouldn't read their posts if I didn't agree with them. I might also be less inclined to pick up their books. Maybe I'm creating a bubble. Maybe I'm just human.
These two authors were quite deliberate about making their point. Many writers view their gift of words as the tool they use to advocate for the world they want. Others might just want to write an entertaining story. There's nothing wrong either way.
All of us as writers face a choice of how much to reveal, particularly in a country that's divided with tempers running high. For the Atwoods and Crichtons of the world, there's little point in hiding their beliefs that are so clearly laid out in their work. Others might see no reason to enter the fray and risk alienating readers.
Still, your views may seep in more than you realize. Our politics and our stories grow from how we view the world and the people in it.
These days, social media adds another layer. Ideally, it's a conversation and an opportunity to connect with your readers. Conversely, you can alienate them.
Do you take a stand on your beliefs, or keep up a neutral public persona? I don't believe there is one right answer, only a balance to be weighed, My only suggestion is to make a conscious choice before you send out that Tweet or blog post.