Why Write That? A Writer’s Perogative.

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This post features a brief mention of rape, torment and abuse. If there’s a chance of a trigger, then stop now.

Hi guys!

Picture this.

You’re talking away to someone about your Work In Progress. The other person is nodding in interest, but then something happens. They stop. You’ve just mentioned the most horrific scene imaginable and they’re shocked.

“Why write that?” They ask. “There’s so much violence and bloodshed in the world already. Why add to it?”

I know a couple of writers who have had this asked time and again.

It’s not just readers who ask this, but writers, too. The other week I was on a forum and someone was talking about how her novel included child trafficking, rape and the like. She was met with bewilderment. “Why write that?” One asked. “How morbid are you to write such a thing?” “How horrible to bring that to light to survivors.”

This shocked me. As a writer I believe in supporting my fellow artists and guiding them as best I can. It didn’t surprise me.

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Why Write That? A Writer’s Perogative.

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Hi guys!

This post mentions rape, abuse  and torment. Don’t read if there’s a chance of being triggered. 🙂

Picture the scene.

You’re happily chatting away about your work in progress. The person listening is nodding along in interest, but then something happens. The person stops. Their mouth is hanging open at the mention of the most horrific, most grotesque scene you’ve just described.

“Why write that?” They ask with disgust. “There’s already so much negativity in the world! Why add to it?” They keep quiet for the rest of the duration.

I know a couple of writers who get asked this from time to time.

This question doesn’t always come from readers.

In fact, the other week I was looking through the forums and found a post from a young lady who said that her novel included child trafficking, rape and torment. She was met by bewilderment by fellow writers. “Why write that?” One asked. “How incredibly morbid and disgusting of you,” Another said. “Imagine how survivors of that will feel having it brought up.”

I am always shocked when I read writers react like this. As a writer I believe in supporting my fellow writers and guiding them when they need it. This kind of behaviour does not surprise me. It does make me wonder what those writers create on the page.

Writing something happy can bore your readers to tears.

I found this out for myself when I wrote my first novel at sweet sixteen (ten years ago now). There was no negativity, no violence and no conflict. Everything was perfect.

Needless to say when I read it again a couple of months later I was uninterested in what new clothes they’d had bought for them or who they were dating. I think I got to the first twenty pages before putting it back.

Needless to say that the rewrite was much different.

Conflict is needed for any novel to hold its own weight and to intrigue the reader. Some subjects can be uncomfortable to read, but I believe that behind every book idea there is a purpose for that novel to be in someone’s hands.

When I was child experiencing abandonment and abuse there was nothing of relevance. All the books that I read had such happiness that it was almost smothering. This is still the case in many areas of people’s lives. Whether they are children or young adults. Readers always want something they can relate to. Just as we turn to TV for respite. When I read books I can relate to, it makes me feel calm. Like someone gets me and that I’m not alone.

A book can hold many things. A blessing can be one of them.

What suits one will not suit another. And that’s OK. It’ll either be for you or it won’t. It’s the author’s story to tell and up to you whether you listen or enjoy it.

That’s all from me this week,

Until next time,

Blaze

With thanks to Aaron Burden for the image via Unsplash.com.

Navigation Issues

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Hi guys!

I had planned to post a short story for this week, but the book I keep them in has mysteriously gone walk about.

Those pesky pixies have been hard at work.

The forest picture sums everything up nicely.

Not just for the missing notebook, but for everything writing related.

You guys all know that after hitting a brick wall with my WIP I was looking into options.

I’m still working on which one I like best. Nothing feels right so far, and I have come close many time this week to just throwing the towel in and walking away.

What’s that saying?

If you can quit, quit. If not, you’re a writer.

Well, I must definitely be one as I’m going through hell with this project and I’m still going.

Ah.

Hopefully I’ll hit a goldmine, soon.

And the pixies will give my book back this week.

I wonder what J.K would recommend for keeping them away.

Hmm.

Until next week,

Blaze

Thanks to Lukasz  Szmigiel for the image via Unsplash.com

A Voyage Into The Unknown

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Hi guys!

Nearly at the end of week two of editing.
I’ve found that my original plan using three characters wasn’t working as well as I’d first thought. This left me with a problem.

I’d tried using different POV’s to portray the story in the past. Writing in third person seemed to confuse the reader and boggle me and second was out of the question. I’d also tried writing with just the one character then two. Although they’d interested me the pull to still use my three characters that I’d started with. The rewrites were all completed that way.

What do you do when nothing fits your image? How do you stop yourself from throwing the manuscript away?

I was close, but many rock songs later and much head banging I decided that it could be fixed.

I turned to a friend for advice.

She advised me to cull a character and tell the story with just two. This proved to be tricky. The only character that I liked and still felt a connection to was Seori, my silent hell raiser. I’d thought about telling the story using her only. That idea hasn’t been knocked on the head.

A thought had re occurred. What if I was to teIl it using the protagonist/antagonist? This ignited the spark, along with the talk I had with my friend and I was able to get back to it… After making sure the little details were perfect.

Last night I went back to an opening scene of Seori and edited it by 800 words. I’ve written up Desdemona’s part. Time will tell if it’s the right fit. I’ll also be working on the one character alongside it.

I was hoping that it was just going to be a straight edit and not another rewrite, but some scenes might need to be to work.

Oh well. That’s the joys of editing.

Who are your favourite villains and why?

Hope you are all well.

Until next week,

Blaze

With thanks to Michael Hull for the image via Unsplash.com

A Learning Curve In Progress

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Hi guys!

It’s been a week filled with mixed emotions for me following from my first therapy appointment.

I’ve been seeing various professionals for three – four years now. You’d think that by now that it would be of a second nature to not be affected by talking about my issues. That’s not the case.

I left the appointment feeling like I’d just had an out of body experience. My whole body was left tingling and I was feeling quite nauseous. It took a couple of days to get over that. I have been vulnerable to the bad stuff and still feel weak emotionally.

It’s just the package that comes with seeing a specialist. It’s always worse before it gets better.

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You might remember my countdown to editing my novel, Pandora’s Kiss. I made a start on Wednesday (originally I’d planned to start on the 1st of Feb but with me needing downtime to recover I decided to postpone it). I’ve binned just over three hundred words so far and minimised my connective words (my, to, a), and so on. I’m using a text to speech engine to help me pick up on errors and it’s working like a treat. If you’re in the middle of editing or just about to start you might want to download one onto your PC.

It’s going to be a slow process as I want to make sure I catch everything that I can. As someone who has spent the last few years rewriting scenes and characters it’s a strange thing to be editing. I’m on a learning journey and while I am finding it challenging I’m also finding it enthralling.

My weakness as a writer, I feel, is describing internal emotions. My psychologist asked me to describe what happened inside my body and I couldn’t really describe it. I’ve always had that difficulty. While I know how I feel I don’t know how to tell that to others. That’ll get brushed up on during the process of editing.

I’m gearing up for another session of therapy on Monday. I will keep you all posted.

Hope you have a great week!

Until next time,

Blaze

With thanks to Joanna Kosinska for the image via Unsplash.com.

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