What Kind Of Stories Are You Willing To Or Able To Tackle? by Karen Vaughan

In light of the Newton Connecticut tragedy there are going to be ripped from the headlines variations on this theme. Jodi Picoult did it 19 MINUTES. Anne Rule loves true crime accounts of these big stories. I choose not to do any headline ripping stories of this kind. It is too tragic in real life why rehash the theme.

There are things I just won’t write about in a novel. Any kind of abuse toward a child, elder, woman or animal in any great detail; it could be mentioned but I am not going to centre a plot around those subjects. I also don’t touch rape or ritual torture or the occult. The media tends to sensationalize these issues so I find it is easy to take the moral high ground and avoid it all together.

So just ask yourselves what kind of stories are you willing to or able to tackle?


6 thoughts on “What Kind Of Stories Are You Willing To Or Able To Tackle? by Karen Vaughan

  1. I agree. None of those subjects will emerge from my computer. Good, old-fashioned mysteries, please, with very little described-in-detail violence and lots of cliff hangers and puzzle solving.

  2. I write sometimes about terrorism, and occasionally include the horrors of such violence that include children. I do not like it, per se, but the message that I intend is driven home by doing so. On the other hand, I agree with Karen. To rip a storyline from a headline is cheap and offers very little if any originality. That I refuse to do.

  3. I’ll write any story that interests me sufficiently to press keys. While I have no innate love of necrophiliac porn or whatever, I’m a bigger non-fan of the concept of thought-crime, or the censorship of any story, no matter how tacky or disturbing. Truly crap exploitative writers tend to fade into earned obscurity on their own.

  4. I will not write graphic sex, hate crimes or truly senseless violence toward any living being. There is enough of that stuff in the news… That being said, I agree with Michael’s post.

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