The Post Apocalyptic: N M Browne
I am writing this on the day after the US election. I am scared and upset and all those things that you
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If it is stories that shape us, then I have to make sure that I tell the best ones that I can. Today I am returning to my rewrite of a post-cataclysmic adventure set in a future flooded UK with renewed enthusiasm. The story had stuck as stories do. I had got lost in an endless revision loop of the first few chapters because I had fallen out of love with it. It is a story about a young girl who tries to do the right thing in a tricky, corrupted world. She puts her life on the line to save her family and also to save her idea of what civilisation is. Suddenly it seems relevant again and worth fighting for.
Of course as the writer I control the ending. The bleak point in the story when all is almost lost is followed by the fight back and renewed hope. There are setbacks but my heroine makes alliances across cultural divisions and most importantly she holds on to her beliefs that human beings should not be slaves and fights hard for those she loves. I can only hope that in this at least life follows art.
And we also need to think about how our values no longer make sense to people we believe we stand up for - the poor, and the marginalised. But we cannot give up - it's far too important to all our progress slip away.
And Nicky, I'm so glad you are back at work on your story. Writing or telling stories is not a small thing to do. It's vital and gives hope and life, especially in dark times. Keep going!