The musings of a writer
I’m reading the book The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It’s a story about an aspiring journalist in the 1960s who wants to tell the stories of the black maids living in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi and the truth about what it’s like to work for a white family. It’s incredible and I highly recommend it.
However, it has gotten me thinking. I want to write something that means something, that affects people. Something that’s true and interesting and hasn’t been done before. What am I really writing about now? Events in northwest Arkansas, Celebrity Monday, fashion, technology. I truly enjoy writing about all of that, but is that enough to stimulate me for the rest of my life and make a difference?
I’m not even quite sure what I would want to write about- faith, religion, religious persecution, social justice issues? My best friend got me involved in the organization Not For Sale, an anti-human trafficking organization, and it really affected me. I wrote this story about it for The Arkansas Traveler. http://www.uatrav.com/2010/arkansas-organizations-raise-awareness-about-sex-trafficking/
I’m thinking about maybe interviewing women and children who have been involved in the sex trade and compiling their stories. I want people to be heard and I want to make a difference, not just write about fashion and celeb gossip (that I do love oh so much.)
If you have any suggestions of things that you think need to be written about, please comment below.
Here’s what you should write about: the fact that the world is running out of viable fresh water for drinking, bathing, watering plants, etc. due to the fact that the energy crisis that we are coming upon is going to make it increasingly hard to recycle waster water or desalinize ocean water. Not enough people are aware of this problem, including your best friend who takes showers everyday.
June 10, 2010 at 7:46 pm
I think interviewing people involved in the sex trade is a fabulous idea. I haven’t come across any compilations on that topic, it’d be very powerful!
June 12, 2010 at 6:10 pm
I love that you are FINALLY reading The Help 🙂
June 14, 2010 at 9:01 pm