You can’t write about history without writing about politics at some point. History is about movements of people. ‘What is criminality and what is government’ is a theme that runs through every history.
Writing a novel is an incredibly free experience. One puts one’s self in a narrative mode. You can go off in any direction – the past, the future, or go laterally, or include one’s own beliefs. It’s total freedom.
The thing I am attracted to is just good writing and stories that are based somewhat in reality.
If you’re writing an opinion piece, it’s your job to write your opinion. If, on the other hand, you wrote a novel, as Virginia Woolf tells us, it would be inappropriate if you let your novel be influenced by your political opinions.