Writing/reality: inspiration from conflict

As much as I avoid getting political, events in our world can be used as an inspiration – or a warning – for crafting fictional plots. This week, it’s 10 years since the events that started what was then called ‘Arab Spring’, though it’s more like yet another Arabian Failure, from the western point of view. Is there something to take away from these events to use in writing fiction?

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Writing/History: when the war isn’t really over

A slightly different post for today, a crossover for real history and fiction. Wars are often major parts in some types of books (Sci-Fi and Fantasy included) – and, sooner or later, both books and wars reach their end. The reality (which can be used well for fiction, as I’ll mention) may lead to a bitter ending that only leaves salt-filled wounds and a base for another conflict.

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