The most important thing in writing, to me, is communication. I know that’s probably not the
first thing people think of, in fact that’s probably entertainment value, which, obviously you
can’t ignore if you expect to write something effective, but it’s the not the most important
In order to justify saying that I have to define what “important” means in this context, and
hopefully that’ll lead us to the “why” of it being important, too.
When I say “important” I mean it in the sense that fiction, more so than any other tool we
have as a society is powerful as a means to communicate ideas through entertainment.
We write stories about coming of age to help confused new adults, we write stories about
dealing with adversity and despair in a fictional world to help people who have to deal with
them in real life, and even when we write seemingly empty fantasies, we can help people be happier for a while.
This power is what’s most important to me. The ability to communicate with people around
the world in different languages and timezones, and try to tell them something that will help
them, even if it’s just some words of encouragement.
It’s not always that simple, but it doesn’t have to be. People can interpret different stories in
different ways, or take meaning from things that were never meant to have any (my personal
favorite). The most important thing to remember really combines the “what” and the “why”
the author’s intentions and the audience’s understanding, into something that can benefit
As new writers and readers discover their voices and the even footing the medium offers,
I hope we’ll see a push towards equality and understanding as representation and storytelling
become more diverse and creative.
I probably don’t always succeed, but everything I write is on some level trying to help
someone. There’s not much more to it than that, but I believe that very simple intention is
the key to writing something worthwhile.
About Black Blade
by Alexander Charalambides
Publication Date: June 11th 2017
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Lance is a hero.
With his friend Megan, he does his best to survive high school in a world that doesn’t always make sense, and is almost never fair.
When their school receives a donation from an anonymous millionaire, Lance and Megan find themselves on an international field trip to England, where the two receive an irresistible call to a supernatural adventure that could change their destinies, and the destiny of the country, forever.
Together with three mysterious adults who all claim to be wizards, Lance must safe-guard the legendary Excalibur. Traveling into a strange parallel world and keeping his friends, new and old, safe from harm at the hands of a malevolent army of magical soldiers, Lance discovers the truth about heroism and the content of his character.
About the Author
Alexander Charalambides was born in London and grew up in Berkshire.
He studied Creative Writing, and graduated from the Open University.
In 2008 he moved to the United States, and now lives in New Hampshire.
As a freelance writer Alexander enjoys storytelling just as much as editing and analysis, but often takes time off to enjoy wind surfing, do the sickest of motorcycle flips, wrestle with deadly animals and lie about his hobbies.