I don’t know if any of the readers here go back far enough to remember a group blog I managed called Storytime Trysts. Abyrne used to write for me on that blog. I wrote a couple of serial post stories on there as did Abyrne.
Storytime Trysts was a platform to showcase new and unpublished writers, to gain them readership and to share a sampling of their work. Abyrne was by far the most dependable, seconded by V.L.Locey. Knowing that I had a scheduled post kept me in the habit of writing. I hope it helped the other authors as well.
Most of the authors wrote first drafts, sometimes edited first drafts, and a few revised their drafts to a better quality. I thought it was a good idea. Most everyone shared the other authors posts but some did not. It always ends up being one person that ruins it for others.
Most of the authors wrote erotica or romance, myself included. So here is where things got complicated. Some of the readers of that blog had the idea that writers write what they know. By this, I mean that they obviously felt that I was relaying first-hand knowledge of the scenes in my erotica stories.
I don’t know if Abyrne encountered a similar situation, but one such reader then turned into a stalker. He has since been blocked on my Facebook account, Twitter, LinkedIn, and all of my contact information was changed. I closed the email account, left LinkedIn, and set my security at the highest settings on Facebook. In his mind, I was writing my life experiences as if I were writing to Penthouse or something.
I have to wonder if this person would think similarly that I was writing first-hand knowledge of my sociopathic killer in Valkyrie’s Curse. So the logical conclusion to that is that any writer is guided by their moral compass and can only write from their own experience.
Damn, that means Agatha Christie was a mass murderer!
Ian Fleming was a master spy!
J.R.R. Tolkien was a wizard!
Anne Rice is a vampire!
While it is true that our characters come from within us and some carry elements that are part of us or are things we despise, the characters are fictional in a fictional world. Even if the author uses real settings for their story, it’s still a fictional story unless it is under the nonfiction category, memoirs, biography, or one of those others covered by the Dewey decimal system.
I hope you realize by now the sarcasm that this post is laced with. Authors write what they want. The term ‘write what you know’ may or may not apply. It doesn’t mean that only convicted murderers can write a murder mystery but rather along the terms that a city dweller would be hard pressed to write a cowboy tale convincingly and vice versa.
This week my moral compass is pointing to psychological issues. Next week, who knows! Humor might be on the menu or it might not. Before I go, though, I have to ask: Does anyone have experience with a pneumatic nail gun? I’ve got a few details that I need to work out on this latest WIP.
‘Til next time