Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: Is there any topic that you refuse to write about – out of respect, fear, or discomfort?
Lisa J. Jackson: Not generally speaking; I make sure my writing is appropriate for the audience I’m writing for. This blog is about the writing life, so unless something is related to writing in some way, I won’t write about it here. Having said that — if something is related to either of my fictional personas, I may or may not write about it here as the genres are not all encompassing or appealing to a mixed audience.
Julie Hennrikus: In my genre, cozy mysteries, there are “rules” for topics and the way subjects are discussed. No excessive violence, sex mostly off stage, children and animals should be safe from harm. I agree with Lisa, I try and stay true to my audience, so I don’t write about politics, for example, on my writing blogs. But honestly, I might not enjoy writing about some subjects, but if it is necessary for the work, I would do it.
Deborah Lee Luskin: While I agree that writing for your audience is paramount, I also believe that the job of the writer is to speak the truth, regardless how uncomfortable, troubling, or dark. For me, there aren’t subjects that are taboo, but ways of treating them that are.
Wendy Thomas: With my writing, I choose to tell positive stories. As a result I *try* to stay away from certain language and some “controversial” topics (namely the big 3 – politics, religion, and money – except for how to be thrifty) are, for the most part, off limits.
That’s doesn’t mean I won’t write about them, what it means is that for my *general* audience I watch what I say and how I say it.
As a writer though, I want to make it very clear that I believe that there is no taboo subject. (It’s that old freedom of speech thing.) The reason I might object to someone’s writing (50 Shades) is not the topic but instead the objection will lie with its delivery.
If you write well, you can write well about anything.