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A Writer is Examiner of Society


Writers are Observers of Daily Life.

A writer's responsibility is much higher than we think as he observes our daily life,concludes the best in society and ridicules the worst in.Usually writers are very sensitive persons who feel much deeper and see things more clearer may be even more clearer than A Telescope.Sometimes A writer just exaggerates different things into his creative imagination and cessation which prints on paper is totally opposite our routine lives but the idea is different which is often good for the amelioration of community.

Depicting A Bitter Truth of Society,A Biography.

Although often A writer Describes A bitter Truth of his Community which is simply "A Bio" of a common man's Life.While the writer of A biography is called A Biographer but the most interesting point is writer's style to write A story of a person's Life.Biographies usually take the form of a narrative,proceeding chronologically through the stages of a person's life with the eyes of a biographer.

Some critics of the form argue it does a disservice to both history and fiction, going so far as to call them "unwanted offspring, which has brought a great embarrassment to them both," as Michael Holroyd puts it in his book "Works on Paper: The Craft of Biography and Autobiography." Nabokov even called biographers "psycho-plagiarists," meaning that they steal the psychology of a person and transcribe it to the written form.

Biographies are distinct from creative non-fiction such as memoir in that biographies are specifically about one person's full life story — from birth to death — while creative non-fiction is allowed to focus on a variety of subjects, or in the case of memoirs certain aspects of an individual's life.

An Author's Role is Very Important in Educating Society.

An Author's Role.

An Author's Role.

An Author's Debt to Society.

What is the author's debt to society and how does he repay it?

Author has a huge responsibility on his shoulder to explain what he sees in routine life in such an appealing way that can be a source of change in Society's attitude towards that specific matter as E.B.White insights on author's role and responsibility to society:

"A writer should concern himself with whatever absorbs his fancy, stirs his heart, and unlimbers his typewriter. I feel no obligation to deal with politics. I do feel a responsibility to society because of going into print: a writer has the duty to be good, not lousy; true, not false; lively, not dull; accurate, not full of error. He should tend to lift people up, not lower them down. Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life."

So Writer's debt to his society is acting as a safe keeper,as a writing person,I have always felt charged with the self keeping of all unexpected items of worldly or unworldly enchantment,as though I might be held personally responsible if even a small one were to be lost.But it's not easy to communicate anything of this nature.It requires a lot of energy too as you are supposed to get satire and criticism which is very much necessity for becoming a good writer.

Author must be lobbying an inspiration for change.

A writer must reflect and interpret his society,in fact, he must provide inspiration to bring a change in the whole community.I think as a writer,I should accept the warm rays of sun and should explain them,whenever,those strikes me.One role of the writer today is to sound the alarm.The environment is changing every second,the hour is already late,and not much is being done in this sense.Instead of carting rocks from the moon,we should be carting faces out of the Lake.

Whether you feel unhappy with the way societies are working,powerless to make a change or simply being tired of being a spectator to a show that is driven by some specific characters,you should lobbying your voice for a change in society and to become an inspiration for a better citizen,an example which can lead you to a path of social justice and equality.

I have recently come across a book named "Lobbying for Change:Find your Voice to Create a Better Society". Alberto Alemanno. Its really worth reading this book which gives you an insight on how to fight for your rights and how to overcome your failings to become a Better Citizen.

Divided into three parts, Lobbying for Change starts with the identification of ‘The Problem’ in modern societies, elaborating on the issues of ‘passive’ citizens, dominant actors and representative democracy. With this section making up slightly over ten per cent of the book, the rest is overwhelmingly positive and empowering. So, while the reader might feel initially discouraged, curiosity will naturally lead you to ‘The Solution’ section.

After reading this book,if you are writer,you really feel a responsibility to come forward and play your part in bringing forward the issues.

Writer should be a fighter for Change.

A wake up call for Change.

A wake up call for Change.

What role I must play for a change as a writer.

As a writer,I keep on thinking that whatever I write ,should be for the betterment of community and for characters who are playing vital role in society.When you think to bring a change,though you are a common person or a writer,you find yourself belonging to the society and you feel healthy,you try your hard to achieve the target for the fulfilment of your inner self and then you reach at the top of the cliff where you get the feeling of achieving a target to bring some change in the society.

"This inner satisfaction of changing society with your writing is the best feeling you can ever have,never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, citizens can change the world.Indeed it is the only thing that ever has".


Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 17, 2020:

Well this was a really interesting idea for an article, good on your for writing it. After reading this I am keen to read your other works too. Thanks for sharing.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on October 31, 2019:

Writers do have responsibility to change the world through their writings as many good writers are doing.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts my dear.

Blessings to you!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 30, 2019:

We do indeed have a responsibility to get things right especially if what we are writing will serve to persuade or influence the thinking of others especially the young. Thank you for sharing this. Angels are headed your way this evening. ps

Nikki Khan (author) from London on October 26, 2019:


We do have huge responsibility to get things right, to get some light in the dark, and to guide through the scary paths.

Thanks for stopping along Denise!


Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 22, 2019:

It is true that art is influenced by society and art influences and changes society. We have a great public trust to make things better, to address things that are wrong and shine a light into the dark places. Thanks for the reminder.



Nikki Khan (author) from London on April 26, 2018:

Thanks Eric for stopping along!

This was my first hub over hubpages, and I'm so honoured to get so many comments on this one.

Writing is very esteemed profession which gives writers a lot of responsibility to bring change in society through their writings.

Many Blessings!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 25, 2018:

Very well done. This is a good area to focus on. Like Bill's mailbag, I like to apply things to my life. What we say about writing are great lessons for our entire life.

You remind me clearly that with gifts come deep responsibility, first to use them and secondly to publish to the world.

This is one of those articles I will think of often to up my game.

Robert Sacchi on April 24, 2018:

You're welcome.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on April 24, 2018:

Welcome on my profile William!

Thanks for your visit and for leaving a great thoughtful comment.If our writings can change someone’s life for good then it’s worth it.

Thanks for the follow up, I’m glad to have you as my follower as you seem to be a great person except being an amazing writer.

Bless you!

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on April 23, 2018:

I hope my writing brings a positive outlook to my readers eyes and hearts... ;-)

Nikki Khan (author) from London on April 14, 2018:

Thanks Robert for your insightful comment over a writer.There are many kinds of writers, best are those who write to bring positive change through their writings.

This is what this hub is amend to be: ‘A writer examines and gives his best output to improve his whereabouts.’

Robert Sacchi on April 10, 2018:

That is one perspective for a writer. I believe there different types of writers. One type is a chronicler. Recording events. This is what I believe separates a good biography from a bad one. A good biographer writes what the person did. A bad biographer leaves out certain events. There is an old saying; "All information is news. All editing is commentary."

Nikki Khan (author) from London on April 05, 2018:

Thanks Dream On for your precious visit and for leaving such an insightful comment!

Your imagination is just great and you’re an honest person by heart, I must compliment this.You’re right a great author should help others to become better writers.And yes all writers have this responsibility over their shoulders to bring positive change in the society with their writings and poetry.

Many are getting along this but still much is needed to implement that new era of love and forebearance.

Thanks for your encouragement of my writings and I’m honoured to have a great follower like you.

DREAM ON on April 04, 2018:

I am interested and you caught me with the hook in my mouth. What you said was so moving, thoughtful, deep, emotional and powerful. I want to follow all your hubs to see their meaning and their desired outcome. I love life in a way other people don't see it. I hear people complaining about their day. I think how can I make these people realize their day is amazing and so unbelievable and incredible in every way. Many times I come up short. That doesn't stop me from trying. A few times I have hit what I call my sweet spot where there is no thinking needed words just flow. As if I was taking dictation from someone else's words. The best part is these are my words. My thoughts on paper. My attitudes. My life in a nut shell. Maybe even a little cracked up. It's o.k. I don't know anything else. So why not express the beauty in ways that nobody else has ever seen. Every day I admit there are sad things that go on in the world. I have no control over them. I did not willfully create them. I do the opposite. I do everything in my imagination, thoughts and power to create a world of beauty. If only in my head that that is what I will bring to my grave. If I can share that message to one other person and they can carry that vision on then I am the happiest person alive. To see a baby smile. To hear a child laugh. To feel a hug from a complete stranger. That is the essence of life for me. When we connect on a level conscious or unconscious or maybe both. How can I walk away. I can't I want to stay. Listening to your words triggered all kinds of emotions. I have never been able to express myself clearly in life. I know what I feel and from my mind to reality it gets distorted. I will keep trying. Thank you for saying what I couldn't find the words to say. The best thing I like about writers is they show appreciation for other writers who excel. We are in a healthy competition to do our personal best but not to out do each other only to compliment each other. Where in the society it seems the opposite or backwards. It is filled with winners and losers. The best and the worst. I think we are missing the point. So many programs on t.v. influence the way we think and feel. It is a winner take all. How about the winner has to help the loser become better or even great. Now that is what I want to see in my future. In my words and in my stories. I sometimes go on and on. I will stop there for now. Have a great night.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on March 17, 2018:

Thanks Michael!

I’ve tried my best to tell the purpose of a writer which is to teach the society about it’s failings and bring some positive change through his writings that’s how a writer becomes an examiner of society!

Michael Duncan from Germany on March 17, 2018:

The material is useful for beginners and experienced writers alike, a blow-by-blow account of the potential of the craft in impacting the immediate present, society and the world at large. Thanks for sharing!

Nikki Khan (author) from London on March 14, 2018:

Thanks Mary for stopping dear.Your precious comment is valuable for my writing.It’s truly a tap on my shoulder to carry on my writing and to focus on influencing the society through it.

Which is a great job to do, I guess.

God bless you dear.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 14, 2018:

This is a great reminder of the role we play as writers. Sometimes, just the sheer joy we share with our poetry or short stories or novel is a gift and most writers hope for this. Some do focus on influencing society and that is a mission that we can appreciate.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on March 02, 2018:

Thanks Charmaine for coming along and for writing such a great comment.You are right,, sometimes a writer doesn’t know the ending of a story when he starts writing,, but I am sure a writer can twist the ending to teach some lessons to bring positive change in society.

God bless you dear :)

threekeys on March 02, 2018:

What you have mentioned are noble aspirations Nikki.

Im not sure if a writer knows where their writing ends up taking them and/if it communicates a message of some kind. If it does? Then that's the icing on the cake.

A inspiring article Nikki.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on March 02, 2018:

Thanks John passing along my blog and for such an appreciation.

Bless you.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 01, 2018:

Hi Nikki, you make some very valid points in regard to why writers write and the debt they owe society. I found this an interesting read. Thank you.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on February 28, 2018:

Thanks Jack for visiting my profile and for commenting, of course, writng should be used in good way to give a positive message to readers and also to teach good values in order to bring positive change into the society for good.

jgshorebird on February 28, 2018:

I've read so many "how to be a writer" write-ups. Each one teaches me something. That a writer can "shape life" etc., can be true, if they are understood. Even Adolf Hitler was a writer, but used it in a bad way. Using writing in a good way, is better.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on February 27, 2018:

Thanks Shafqat Mushtaq for passing along and for commenting.

Shafqat Mushtaq on February 26, 2018:

Writers often have, can and do shape the psyche of a society!

Nikki Khan (author) from London on February 14, 2018:

Thanks for commenting and stopping by Brian Leekley.

I really appreciate your list of writers who made up your character and helped you out in becoming a good writer.

I am a huge fan of Charles Dickens as well.My favourite writers are Sir Francis Bacon, Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen in classics, Edwidge Danticat, Samuel Beckett, George Saunders and last but not least is Joan Didion.

Of course,, there are many more as to become a good writer,, reading and reading again is very necessary.

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on February 13, 2018:

Yes, writers "inform and shape life" and therefore have a responsibility to write well with integrity. A writer, like everyone else, has the responsibility of self-development, of maturing in character, by sincerely striving to live by his / her ideals. Like people in general, writers mostly come up short, but it's because of their sincere efforts at shaping themselves that some writers have powerfully influenced the world for the better. "The Call of Stories: Teaching and the Moral Imagination" by Robert Coles discusses Charles Dickens, Ralph Ellison, Flannery O'Connor, and William Carlos Williams, among others. Among my favorite writers with "moral imagination" are James Agee, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), Sherwood Anderson, Nathanael West, James Baldwin, and Carson McCullers, among others. Who are some of the writers who have had a role in the shaping of your character?

Nikki Khan (author) from London on February 13, 2018:

Thanks Harish for stopping by and liking my hub.I am so grateful for that.

God bless you.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on February 13, 2018:

Hi Nikki ! You have written a beautiful hub. No doubt, writers can make a great impact on society. I enjoyed reading you article.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on December 24, 2017:

Thanks Chris Wilkinson for such an admiration.Of Course writers have huge responsibility towards their communities to teach moral values which are lacking these days.

Merry Christmas to you and thanks for commenting.

Chris Wilkinson on December 24, 2017:

What a thoughtfull hub for writers to observe and bring change with their writings.

Good work Nikki Khan.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on December 17, 2017:

Many thanks for best wishes.I would say Ameen.Thanks for stopping by and for appreciating my article.I have read some of your articles,,those are just amazing.

I must say your writing is very interesting and inspiring.

Hopefully I would see more of your best writing.

God Bless you.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on December 17, 2017:

A very inspiring and beautiful article. I appreciate your attitude, Nikki. Thank you and wish you all the best in your life.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on December 12, 2017:

Thanks Clive for stopping by,of Course, writers have ability to create our own observation but it should focus on teaching and changing people’s minds with our writing.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on December 12, 2017:

A very thoughtful article. Witers are observers of humanity, but we ourselves as writers create our own observation.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on December 07, 2017:

Hi Frank,

thanks for commenting and appreciating my writing style,hopefully my coming hubs would be more thoughtful and useful for others.

Thanks for stopping by.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 07, 2017:

Nikki Khan.. another clever piece I especially liked the writer's debt to society section.. your writing is clever and thoughtful... thanks for befriending me.. now I can see how clever and thoughtful your writing truly can be.. Frank

Nikki Khan (author) from London on December 06, 2017:

Hi Catherine,

Thanks for commenting,,I am so pleased to know that my hub has inspired you so much and it is proved useful for your writing.And yes,writing changes your way of looking at life to that extent that eventually you start thinking through different angle,never thought of.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on December 06, 2017:

I think writing changes the writer as well as (I hope) the people who read what the author has written. I find writing changes the way I see and experience every day things. Your article not only expresses why writing is important, but it has given inspiration for my own writing.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on December 01, 2017:

Many thanks Bill for stopping by and for such an admiration.Of course, I do take this responsibility very seriously too.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 01, 2017:

I love this article. We really are the voices of our generation, the examiners of society, and it is a responsibility I take very seriously.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on November 26, 2017:

Thanks for visiting dear,welcome on my profile.I appreciate your valuable comment.Have read many of your articles,amazing writing.You have a good weekend too.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 26, 2017:

Welcome to HP. I enjoyed your perspective and look forward to reading more. Have a wonderful week!

Nikki Khan (author) from London on November 24, 2017:

Hi Mary,

you are absolutely right,writers have a lot of work to do to be useful for their reader as well.Thanks a lot for stopping by.Have a great weekend.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on November 24, 2017:

Welcome to the Hubpages community. Writers do indeed have a social responsibility and that can be to educate, inform or entertain their reader.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on November 24, 2017:

Of course,A writer can change and form the society with his writings.So a writer must be very careful with his writing and its impact on community.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 24, 2017:

A challenge indeed for writers to heed. I think that whatever we do, we need to think of society in general.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on November 16, 2017:

Thank you so much for stopping by, I am working hard to improve my writing,there is a lot to learn,but I have some great authors like you to learn from.So hopefully,my writing will be upgraded soon.

manatita44 from london on November 15, 2017:

A noble start. Keep at it and you will most certainly improve. the decency and the passion is felt for your craft. Welcome here.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on November 15, 2017:

Hopefully soon dear,,many thanks,,its really amazing to have author like you to learn from.I admire your articles a lot.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 15, 2017:

I look forward to reading more of your work! Great having you at HubPages!

Nikki Khan (author) from London on November 13, 2017:

well, thanks for your comment,its truly a huge challenge for writers to take society to a right direction through writings.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on November 13, 2017:

This is a good challenge for writers. Thanks.

Nikki Khan (author) from London on November 08, 2017:

Many thanks for appreciation dear.I am happy you enjoyed it.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on November 07, 2017:

Great read!

JP Silva on November 04, 2017:

Very interesting read. Need to reread.

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