I’ve been thinking.
Dangerous, I know.
As a writer of fiction, I have found that my work generally does not cover one genre. It usually involves romance and suspense, there’s almost always family dynamics involved in my plots, and not always the ‘happily ever after‘–and with all of that comes the problems. Personal and social issues: depression, bullying, cutting, eating disorders, self-esteem issues, marriage, divorce, etc.
You get it. They’re the real kind of problems that can be tough to say out loud. And when I am writing these potentially controversial moments, I often find myself wondering how readers will perceive my characters; whether they will reject or understand them.
I write to be read. I want people to like what I make and to see that I pour my heart into every character. Even the unlikeable ones. Because I am one of those people that believes we are all unlikeable in one form or fashion, just as we are all loveable, as well. I tend to write from inside the problem; try to show the reader who this character is and why they are making the disagreeable decision.
I am also wondering, all you writers out there, how do you navigate through the tough areas in your manuscripts? Do you feel the need to explain your characters motives or do you simply tell it? And as readers, do you want to keep reading if you don’t like or agree with the choices a character is making?