Hello, dear readers, and welcome!
This is my second time blogging on Monday, and I must say that I'm enjoying it quite a bit. Thank you to everyone who stopped by last week to read the post and say hello.
Today I wanted to write concerning difficult subjects, and the tackling of them. I find that it's sometimes difficult to be brave enough to tackle a difficult subject -- be it a societal issue, a personal belief that stands out from the crowd, a flavor of character that you are not familiar with writing -- but when we tackle challenges, I believe that we become all the better for it: better writers, but perhaps more importantly better storytellers and better dreamers.
Once you've decided to try and tackle a large issue, a new flavor of character, or even a different writing style, it still takes courage -- courage to write, to not edit your new ideas out, to put your book out into the world. Last week, I published a new short story entitled Descent To Darkness (which can be found on the Short Story and Novellas page), and I was very nervous at first because the short talks about suicide, and a bit of how I look at it after having dealt with that particular beast personally. At the same time, however, this story was (and is) important to me, and I felt like I had something that needed to be written and released, to hopefully help someone else.
We can never avoid all of the toes that are under fire from our steps, but I believe that taking a few key things into consideration can help us write the best story that we can, and reach the most people in the friendliest possible way.
#1: Do Research ~ This is the beginning of every writing project that I have, and when in doubt, it will always be the first thing I turn to. I'm the type of person who can't have too many "voices" (other's ideas) in my thoughts at one time, or I feel overwhelmed, but for those of us who are like this, researching the known facts can be helpful, rather than researching other's opinions on a subject. Research gives you more knowledge about your topic, and can often help you to write your material in a more understanding way by seeing what others consider red flags.
#2: Look Through Another's Eyes ~ Everyone has a different opinion, and they all deserve to at least be heard. That means you have an opinion, too, and it deserves to be heard, as well. But when we are considerate of how others' may possibly view our work, and what we are saying -- how it will/might look from their angle -- we can fine-tune it not to better suit someone else's opinion, but so that our message rings as clearly as it can through our wording. Looking for possible misunderstanding beforehand can allow us to better get our point across.
#3: Be Considerate ~ Not everyone is going to love your work, that is simply the way of the writing world (and the world in general). Be prepared for someone to disagree when you write concerning difficult subjects (or write at all), and be prepared for someone to become angry, too. However, a good writer will take the two tips above and apply them here. If you know who your audience will be, be considerate of them while writing, to a healthy degree -- be considerate of their background, age, cultural differences. Don't soften the blow if it needs to be harsh, but at the same time let the reader know that you are trying your best to understand not only their possible point of view, but also the issue at large. Be kind as you can, even if that means being stern; kindness goes a long way.
If you have something important to share, then don't be afraid to do it, but as with everything, do your best. It's never going to be perfect, foolproof, someone is going to dislike it, but do your best, and know that that is enough. It takes bravery to tackle difficult subjects, and even more bravery to keep in mind that you did your best, and said what you must, when other's disagree, or you are having doubts.
Don't be afraid to write, dear writer. Tackle that challenge with everything you have, and create something beautiful! Words speak to the heart, so put your heart into your work.