Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The fine line
I've let a whole week go by without posting. I refuse to be ruled by the blogging world and the pressure of having to post often! LOL If I have time and something interesting to say, I'll post. If not, I'd rather work on my book any day.
I've had some interesting thoughts lately. First let me ask a question. Where is the fine line of writing about things that can easily be taken as offensive to others? Say for example, you are an active member of a church, do you delve into it's fascinating and sometime controversial history and write stories that cast a negative light? Is it wrong to write something that other members of your church would read and freak out about?
The reason I ask is because I have a friend who is writing a story that is getting this reaction. So, I ask again. Where is the line? Is there a line? Do you "write honestly" as Stephen King says, or do you stay true to your own spirituality, ethics and beliefs and not write that way? Or is THAT what he means about writing honestly. Is everyone "honest-ness" at a different level? Can't decide if I love that.
Then comes in the question of cussing and sex in your story. How honest is honest? As for me, the rule of thumb I use is . . . Would I let my kids read this? Since I write YA it's a pretty easy answer for me. Do I ever read books that I wouldn't let my teenagers read. Yes. Am I a hypocrite? Sometimes. Yep. I think we all are.
Also, I wouldn't want to write something that would make a person question where I stand in my beliefs. I like my ethics and morals to come out in what I write. I want people to be able to trust that I'll give them a fun, clean story. But should that rule apply to everyone? I can't decide what I think. We're all different. We all have something special to offer. Where is that dang line anyway?