This is mostly a plug for another blog post – https://thebardicacademic.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/defining-goldendark/ – please read it. It’s an exploration of the fantasy genre, with an eye to what we might need writing to do for us.
For me it also functions as a challenge. I think what Kevan Manwaring is asking of authors – and really by extension anyone making a creative engagement with life (all of us, surely?) – is the expressing of hope. And if we don’t have hope, the requirement to imagine, find or otherwise create it. Without hope, we can’t fashion a better future.
This week I’ve been struggling with depression. The nature of the ailment means that right now, I could not create the hope to get myself out of a wet paper bag. I’d just sit in the wet paper. Sometimes what we need is for someone else to tell us that basically its just a wet paper bag and it wouldn’t take much wriggling to be out of it. Where the challenges are bigger, the need for hope is greater.
Better things are possible, but to get there, we need to start telling each other stories about those possibilities, and making it believable for each other.