Hi everyone and Happy Wednesday! The Insecure Writers’ Group is a group of writers offering motivation and encouragement to all those taking on the challenges of writing. Every month the ISWG sponsors a blog hop where writers can blog about a topic related to overcoming obstacles and exploring various aspects of the writing journey. If you’d like to participate in a future hop you can join here. It’s always a great experience, and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in writing and sharing with other writers.
Every month there is an (optional) discussion question. This month the question is as follows:
October 6 question – In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?
Hmmm. Good question. As a writer, when do you feel like you’ve crossed a line with your writing? For me, truthfully it doesn’t take much haha. There are some subjects that I stay far away from. I’m not a controversial person. I like to get along with everyone, I dislike strife in my daily life, and when I write I prefer to stay away from polemical subjects (politics, controversial ethics disputes etc) I can’t watch any movies with cruelty to animals or children, and I definitely can’t write about it, it makes me too sad. I remember reading once that of all of his works, Stephen King found Pet Sematary to be the most frightening. To me that is not the Stephen King book that I find to be the most disturbing (It left me scarred for life), but Pet Sematary is up there and with the subject matter I can see why it disturbed him so much. Seriously reading or writing anything depressing about children or animals is just not fun for me. Especially ones that come back from the dead like in Pet Sematary. 😦
As far as my choice of language, it depends a lot on the audience. I like to write for a young adult audience so I try not to use language that might be off putting or offensive to anyone. It’s hard, because in my daily life I do curse (I’m working on it what can I say) and so it’s important to be extra vigilant about not letting it get into my book. Also my family reads my writing, so that helps a lot with what I end up including.
What about you? What are some topics you stay away from in your writing? Does the genre you like to write in affect this? Let me know in the comments!