In a world where so many things are wrong, writing might seem like a selfish endeavor — I am personally constantly grappling with this feeling of guilt when I say I want to study art instead of going for a career that can have a more tangible “good” impact on the world.
However, as I feel that, I’m also a firm believer that writing, and all art in general, is a tool of activism, and that it can either make or initiate change. Therefore I am writing this article to remind you and me of the power of art and that it can indeed change the world.
Stakes in slice-of-life: Look, failing on math might not be the same as the end of the universe, but it is still bad, okay!
Slice-of-life is a genre that celebrates life as the often mundane -but not always- thing it is, you wouldn’t expect of it, for example, having its characters deal with the end of human civilization.
If our main character fails at their goal therefore, it is most likely that they would not pass the grade rather than erasing half of the population. So, are there really any stakes on slice-of-life?
Yes, and I would like to say that they’re even bigger than in the superhero genre (unless it uses slice-of-life techniques to tell its story, more on that later in the article).
So you’ve come upon the impossible task of making two strangers bond a.k.a making two characters form a connection readers will care about. If you were writing speculative fiction you could make them go through an experience so traumatic they couldn’t help but become friends. But no, you choose the sweet & mundane slice-of-life or contemporary YA.
What are you going to do now?
The 14th of February is coming in just a few hours and as people go to flowers & chocolate shops (or order them online ‘cause you know) to celebrate love, here I am single and listening to podcasts, not as alone as the celebration might make me look.
On Valentine's day we get too focused in celebrating just 1 kind of love: heteromantic / sexual that we sort of forget about the others. That’s why you should listen to Love and Luck: