Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How Much Is Too Much?

With Valentine's Day last week, I started thinking about love, which in turn got me thinking about love in books? More precisely, I started to contemplate the level of graphicness (is that a word?) a YA book can show. Which then got me thinking... How much is too much in YA?

I've read a lot of books, granted probably not as many in YA as I should since I'm writing in that genre, but there are varying degrees of how risque a book is.

Take for example the well known books, The Twilight Series. In this series Stephanie Meyer gives us kissing and a little more, but everything else is left to the imagination. As the series goes on she gets a little more graphic, but for the most part there are no real 'intense' scenes.

A different series, also about vampires, has very graphic scenes. This series is also labeled as YA, but goes into detailed description as to whats happening, leaving nothing to the imagination.

Which makes me question... which is better? Leaving things to the imagination, so the person reading the book can vision what they know or to spell it out?

So, what do you think? Leave it to the imagination? Or bare it all?


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

IWSG- Stressed?

This is my post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. It's a group thought up by the ninja himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh. The group posts the first Wednesday of every month and is a wonderful way to support and get encouragement from and for your fellow writers. If you would like to join the group or see the other blogs that participate in it go HERE.

Last month I talked about being on a roller coaster. The constant ups and downs of a writers life. One minute I'm feeling great and the next, yeah not so much. Well, this month I'm on a low.

Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with writing and everything to do with life, it's been a little difficult lately. I won't get into the gory details, but needless to say I've been a little stressed. So, instead of escaping into my make-believe world, the place that makes me happy and doing the thing that makes me happy, I've been dry. I haven't written much—about 1,000 words in the past month. And that makes me feel even worse. But for whatever reason I just can't. I feel so overwhelmed with life that when I go to sit down to write I'd rather watch TV or read instead.

How do you cope when your stressed? Do you stay away from writing or embrace it?