Wednesday, October 6, 2021

My October IWSG Post and taboo topics


2021 is drawing to a close. Just 3 months more before we wish it goodbye. It has been a sad year with the Covid19 second wave wrecking havoc. To distract myself from all that was happening around me, I wrote and wrote and wrote. I also slowed down the pace of my life, spending time watching the clouds, sunset, talking to friends and cousins on the phone, played card games and bingo with family (as with the pandemic protocol we were in an enforced lockdown for several months.

And before I realized September merged in October and it was time for another IWSG post. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online group of writers posting on the first Wednesday of the month.

IWSG was started by Alex J Cavanaugh. Alex is the author of Amazon Bestsellers: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars, and several more on the way. Do visit the IWSG website for more information on this wonderful group and some writing related posts. Don’t forget to visit Amazing Alex’s blog.

October 6 question - In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?

The awesome co-hosts for the October 6 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pitt, J Lenni Dorner, Cathrina Constantine, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard.

As I write middle grade, I pay special attention to language, no swear words, no four-letter words. There are certain topics I keep away from: molestation, rape, sex and murder. I ensure there is no kissing scene (I even deleted a kissing scene from one of my middle grade novels, though two adults were kissing, but they were being watched by my main character. Didn’t want the parents to create a ruckus over it.

But for the adult novel I’ve written, I had no qualms about adding them!

What about you all? Where do you all draw the line with the topics and language.