What are your thoughts on writers who make heavy reference to, or draw from, their personal philosophies and political / religious / social beliefs in the context of fiction ? Examples of this "method" would be Orwell, Huxley to an extent, Ayn Rand most DEFINITELY (I'd say she typifies the idea, haha), and etc. I've been struggling to "decide" on a story or route to take for writing (with some length / substance) and I realized that the easiest way for someone like me (read: opinionated) to write is to make the underlying themes relateable to me, and even important to me. I spend a lot of my time thinking about the nature of reality (subjective vs objective), and to ME, it's a very interesting subject. I'm curious as to how you folks feel about fiction that relies or atleast draws from that sort of "well". As far as general plot goes, I've got a few concepts kicking around but nothing I'm completely attached to just yet.