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OPTIONAL IWSG DAY QUESTION:
In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?
Professionally, if there is such a thing for me, I draw the line at what my readers find offensive and where my truth, passion, or theme falls. Hopefully, it lands somewhere between the two.
,,,can be a huge deal. Think middle grader, or young adult. I want my characters to be authentic and real to my readers. But gatekeepers and publishers are on the lookout for the inappropriate, and I don’t blame them for being careful.
I know that if the language I use is iffy, then I’d better have a good reason for it because they are not about forgiveness in the name of art. Our children are precious and grow up way too fast as it is.
…however, are for any age group.
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”–Winston Churchill
This train of thought is worth considering when writing anything.
The thing is that kids learn by example, and writing stories that get the kids thinking about their lives and how they want to live them is a good thing IMO.
Topics are controversial because we all have opinions, and we all have a right to a point of view. What makes some of us different from others is the level of respect we offer when we share.
“I wholly disapprove of what you say—and will defend to the death your right to say it.”–Voltaire
Some publishers love hot topics, and if you’re submitting, consider the submission pages of your favorite publishers to discover where they stand.
My Question to You
It takes all kinds to make up the world we live in. Do you have any tips on how to approach a controversial subject in fiction?