I'm happy to say that I've met my goal with time to spare. Now the challenge has intensified. I'm 30% into my second book and I'm hoping to meet a goal of two books in a year by the time the clock strikes 12 on December 31st. That leaves me with a little over two weeks to get the job done! Not too mention I'm going on a vacation on the 30th and as much as I'd like to believe I'll get some writing done while lazying away in San Francisco, I also need to be realistic!
Okay, so now that that's out of the way, lets get to the real post. Another resolution of sorts. This is something that has been flagged in my latest manuscript--edgy content. How much is too much and when it comes to what my characters are experiencing? How real can I be?
My belief is, as a writer, I'm supposed to tell the story, that's it. The characters will go, feel, and see what they will and all I need to do is relay that. It's not my job to censor their lives. My sister would say that sounds so weird because I'm creating them but most writers know that a lot of the characters we create have minds of their own!
I don't think it's possible to write a general novel--one that everyone from every background can enjoy. Whether its the most innocent of subjects or the most edgy of content. NOTHING out there is okay with everyone!
Religious die-hards hated Harry Potter while parenting groups bashed Gossip Girl. There was even a stink about Blood and Chocolate back in the day and Vivian was nothing but normal (kind of..lol)!
I've decided to let my characters go and say what and where they may. There will definitely be those who aren't interested in reading based on religious beliefs, moral dilemmas and maybe even boredom...lol. But you can't please 'em all!