Open Book Blog Hop Feb 27: Choosing the right influence to write.

Do you tackle current political turmoil in your stories or avoid it? Tell us why.

All writers and creators are influenced by current events. Unless you are hiding out in the middle of the desert/forest/mountains/tundra in the one spot in the world without a WiFi signal, these are going to affect your writing to some degree.

Some of my first poems tackled topical issues and I am still inspired to write depending on what is in the news. My sci-fi writing eludes to what could happen if things go unchanged in the world.

But mostly, my two crudely drawn cartoons, The Miniscules and The Untitled, are the pallet that I use to paint the current state of affairs. I post them on Wednesdays, but two examples are:


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Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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Published by Leon Stevens

I am an author, composer, and an artist. I published my first book of poetry: Lines by Leon – Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020 and a book of original classical guitar compositions. My latest book is a short story compilation of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

11 thoughts on “Open Book Blog Hop Feb 27: Choosing the right influence to write.

  1. One of the best handlings of political themes I’ve seen is the ending to “The Hunger Games”. After fighting so hard to be free of the Capitol, Katness realizes District 13 is no better, so she and Petyr withdraw to DIstrict 12 and just try to ignore it. That left me with the question — Would that work in reality? And I came to the conclusion that in a world where politicians seek and amass unlimited power of the lives of ordinary people, ignoring it probably won’t fix it. The day will come when they’ll show up at the door telling you what clothes you’ll wear and what you’ll eat for breakfast.

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