Lots of people believe the world is going to end, and lots of that can be blamed on good fiction. A good story can instill fear in an entire population. Once upon a time, back when the TV didn’t exist, a nationwide panic was created over a radio program. The public literally believed that Earth had been invaded by an alien population. That is good writing. The end of the world can make for a great topic — just ask the Mayans. We’re still talking about them 2,000 years later. A good story is pretty powerful stuff.
The End of the World as They Know It
This post originally featured on Jade Varden’s author blog in 2012.
Author Jade Varden is a regular guest contributor on Aside From Writing. The Writing 101 features originate from her own blog at http://jadevarden.blogspot.co.uk where you can see more of her thoughts on writing, as well as her own books. Her debut novel Justice and sequel The Tower are available now! Read our review of Justice here.
Excellent article! I think writing an end of the world story is almost a requirement, a rite of passage for an author, as much as a love story or a ghost story.
Great article! It must be quite tricky to write a book on the ‘end of the world’
You’ve got nominated for the ‘Liebster Award’ ! http://livinglifebright.blogspot.nl/2013/01/liebster-award.html