Thursday, January 21, 2010
Walking the Line
Because Cash and Phoenix both rock.
This week Natalie Whipple wrote about Choosing Lines, and Voidwalker wrote about Moral and Ethical Writing. I love these discussions, I really do. Go check 'em out. Are you a realist or an idealist, or both? Have you written or would you write about something that is fundamentally against your belief system or ethical code?
I commented on both blogs that I don't think I could write a book that glamourized something that is morally reprehensible. And yet, I recognize that someone with a different moral code than me could read my book and think I've done exactly that. Could someone with different beliefs and standards still like my book at all?
There is a line I walk. Maybe it's not your line, and I don't think any story is truly "universal", but I like to think that if I've written it well enough, it will still be a compelling read even for those who see things differently. I'm not out to convince anyone to change lines (although that would be stunningly awesome), but perhaps my characters can show something valuable about why they've chosen the lines they did.
What's your line? What's on the other side?