This Is War – A Valuable Writing Lesson I Learnt

What do we fight for? What are wars fought for? Let’s put aside the political influence or any of that realistic garbage we have been made aware off. I believe we fight to protect our belief. We fight to protect what we believe in. In saying that one man’s meat is another man’s poison does justice to describing the reasoning of either side’s intent to fight.

Where am i going with this? 

To be honest, I found myself writing these chapters in which 2 conflicting characters are exposed to a similar set of situations. As a whole, we have the good and the bad, I had to separate myself from my moral standpoint and ethical beliefs in order to avoid any sense of biased.

Why? Because Good or Bad, each character and both sides to a war have a belief they want to protect or someone they are willing to give they’re life up to protect, which means I had to understand the mindset, emotional makeup of the heroes and the villains to aptly write this story.

My goal : To complete a book that does justice to good and bad. I’m in no way attempting to justify either. That is the lesson I had learnt in writing thus far, literally not more than a few days ago, I learnt how valuable it is to disassociate oneself from your own views when writing a character.

Method write or method act, in order to express characters and a story better than you may usually do. Understand your characters, put yourself in their shoes and think like they do. I swear, it pays off to invest yourself into both good and bad characters. The only downside I’ve had is how attached you become, how easy it is to let yourself get sucked into a story to the point of it affecting the outcome of your day. Your mood starts evolving according to how invested you are in a character. Sort of helps immensely as a writer, not so much as a general person – insert a chuckle here if you will 😉

#War Torn 


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