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October 6 question - In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?
Well - I don't. I don't draw the line. I looked up the meaning - just for fun - because words and idioms are my jam and I got this definition
"set a limit on what one is willing to do or accept, beyond which one will not go"
So in this case I guess it means setting a limit on what I will write about and what sort of language I will use. I think I don't draw a line not because I want to be free but because I don't need to. I don't write about everything - I can't - I write about those topics I find interesting. Since I write fiction I have my characters use language in the way that they would, once I've gotten to know them. There are things my characters might say that I would not (though I do curse like sailor so...). My characters could conceivably also utter racist, sexist, ageist or homophobic comments that I would not. I have no problem with this. I write for adults and if adults don't like what they are reading they are free to put the book down or burn it in a raging fire if it isn't a library book. Writing mysteries means that I do write about some unsavoury types. As for topics - well, I don't write about situations that I don't want to spend a lot of time exploring - that would be crazy. I'm not interested in reading about abattoirs so I don't write about them. I don't write thrillers because I don't like reading them (except for the occasional brilliant one). I don't want to write from the point of view of a psychopath because I don't want to spend that much time in that sort of mind-frame.
Perhaps I do draw one sort of line - I do not write books to please the general public - for commercial reasons say. I try to stay true to what I want to see more of - I'm not frightened of controversy. I'm not scared to piss off industrial corporations or governments. I'm not scared to be politically incorrect either - it is such a shifting morphing value that it would drive me crazy to try and please those who are desperate to search out and destroy those who don't comply. I simply don't confuse the finger with the moon it is pointing to. I don't think Mark Twain was a racist for instance. I don't think JK Rowling is anti-trans.
And I think diving into a book that does not completely reflect my every viewpoint is the reason for reading.
How are ya all?