The L.A. Times ran a great article this holiday season on charities writer’s can volunteer their talent at, and this got me to thinking: what other ways can writer’s contribute to charities? It’s almost a new year, and what better way is there to start off a new year than by contributing your talent to a charity in need?
No matter what you write – poetry, short stories, novels, literature, fantasy, science fiction, horror, etc. – you can always focus or create a story centered around an important cause that you believe in. Want to fight ALS? You don’t need to dump a bucket of ice water on your head.
Instead, you can write a poem about it, or create a supporting character struggling with it, or make it the inspiration behind the struggles of your protagonist. This way you can exercise your craft and spread awareness through your writing as well. It also never hurts to include a dedication page that includes information about charities that are linked with the subject you are writing about.