Writers are observers. Each writer communicates what he or she observes in this world. It spans from the memoirs of historic events to the glimpses of future possibilities. Writers communicate with their audiences about what they see, hear and even imagine.
I challenge each writer to connect to a cause. Hemingway did so with the Spanish Civil War in For Whom the Bell Tolls. We see it in James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time. Fictional writing should have the underlying theme of a cause celebre flowing through the dialogue, setting and the interaction of its characters. John Steinbeck mastered this powerful ability in his writing when we read The Grapes of Wrath and The Pearl. Victor Hugo was able to do so with a hunchback dwelling in a bell tower of Notre Dame and an escaped criminal living an altruistic life in a quiet village until confronted with his past.
Let your poetry celebrate and connect to cause. Let your songs and sonnets speak with a voice of advocacy. Shed light on social issues through your work as a screenwriter or playwright. Expose the ills of society and share human interest stories with your investigative journalism and personal memoirs, even your creative nonfiction. In essence, connect what you write to a cause. Let it serve as a means for bringing attention to the issues.
I try to do so in my own writing. In my self-published book Words from the Underground, I took the approach of an observer, incorporating much of what I witnessed on the streets as I served San Diego's homeless community as well as many troubled youth and poor families in ministry. The words that come out within the work are poetic while adding social commentary on the conditions of people struggling to deal with social and economic issues. View some of my own poetry posted at http://revbruce.wordpress.com/category/poetry/.