We are writers here for the most part, and between us all, we write pretty much everything. I write on the sweet side, only write love scenes if I’m forced (although they’re fun once I get started), and am not a fan of either violence or what I called—sternly—“language” during my child-raising years. This doesn’t mean either I or other writers are lesser—it means we’re different. So, anyway, the kind of writing I do means there are words I don’t say and actions I don’t describe.
But I could. I think I’m enough of a grownup that I could write about violence and use whatever words were demanded by the sub-genre I was working on. By the same token, I’m pretty sure any of you could write a sweet story with no problem at all. We would both be bored, we would both be unhappy, but we could do it. Since we are all writers here, we’d probably do a fine job of it, too. But this brings me to what I’m curious about.
Do you have self-imposed lines you absolutely will not cross? Personally, I won’t write about the death of a child or about drowning, I suppose because they are the worst fears I’ve ever…er…feared. I won’t use the word “quip” because I absolutely despise the word. Are there subjects you won’t write about, words you won’t say, or actions you won’t even consider in your mind, much less give page space to?
If you like box sets–and who doesn’t?–keep an eye out for Small Town Summer, coming up in June. I have a story in it and am excited because the box set (and indie-anything) is a new adventure for me and I always love an adventure–as long as I don’t have to say “quip”.