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Truth or Dare

By on November 19, 2018

I am afraid of writing about politics. History and the international relations are my personal interests, actually. I want to write hostorical novels in the future but writing an historical topic is like playing the truth and dare, in a different way. I feel that I have to choose truth and dare at the same time and if I play this game, people start to judge me. I don’t want be a person who is judged by her community but I want to play this game because I am a writer.
Every country has conflict which hurts their relations in the world and sometimes, I want to write mine. Culturel events, wars, the things happened in the past and still affecting us are important to write. If you’re a writer, you can build a fiction with your imaginary and you can built more fictional, flexible history with your words. It does not mean that you are lying or writing somethink not true. Despite it’s meaningless, writers are expected to tell real stories, not so much the imaginary. This reality takes its shape from their national history classes. But, what is reality? Is the real has only one face or just we cannot look at it carefully?
I think, If you are a writer, people want to see the manifestation of your identity. The stories that you imagined must be greatly exaggerated, the plot that you build with words must be honor for the goverment. So, all the political things can be so heavy for my pen and it makes me feel depressed.
We should see how the world of identity politics affects the way stories are being dragged. Writers are not seen as creative individuals on their own but as the representetives of their cultures. Infact, writers don’t have to symbolize their own culture, they don’t have to write where they come from. They are not people who we have to proud of them because of our natioanlity. When identity politics tries to put labels on writers, it is writers’ freedom of imagination that is in danger. When a story is seen as more than a story, They cannot reflect theirself sincerely.
When micro story starts to become a macro issue for countries, the art is getting hurt by politics. But everyone should know that identity politics divides us, fiction connects. If we can understand this, art, also all the world will get better in every sense.
You know what, “It’s just a story.”

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Ceren Turkkan

She is a student of Economics at Hacetepe University, Ankara, Turkey. She started to write fiction when she was at 8 and she is still writing. She has got several awards with her short-stories.

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