Write It and Sell It

A taboo is holy and forbids association with a particular place, thing or person. Taboo exist in all cultures and societies. It is a fascinating subject, but people are not able to tolerate. A casual conversation around taboos can quickly morph into an ugly argument and fatal especially for a writer.

Do Taboos Still Exist?

Yes, they do. As long as there are powerful men and women in government and religious organisations, they will continue to dictate what you ought and not ought to write.

Naturally, an artist is inborn rebels, continually attracted to the forbidden- “Do not eat the fruit of the only tree you were warned to stay away.  Do not kill your father and marry your mother.”

Writing taboo subjects as in values, characters, political standing, opinions, and values encounters critics from publishers. One hears of worthy books failing to find a publisher for being too this, too that, too political, too dark, too strange, too cerebral.

Starved for Subject Matters

The Pen American Centre and the Committee to Protect Journalist document predicaments of the journalist who flirted with the forbidden. Example the Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega who was sentenced to eighteen years in prison for spreading “false rumours.” Alternatively, Nguyen Xuan Nghia imprisoned in Vietnam for criticising the government through his poems and stories.” Alternatively, even Roger Shuler, the rogue blogger who did time in Alabama after posting a story alleging that a former Republican governor’s son had an affair with a lobbyist.”

Profanity

Profanity is prevalent in real life and is seen as a colourful way to convey your thoughts. Use of profanity, however, makes the author sound less erudite, less educated and the script reads like an Eddie Murphy routine. Swearing in a story is more like the use of “umm, ah, well…” and I can assure you it reads differently than how it should sound. How then do you handle curses in writing? Start by writing your script as it comes with the swear words then edit them out.

Rape and Child Abuse

“Writing about trauma is more than simply documenting experience – it’s all about illuminating life on earth. It’s about transforming tragedy into art.” Rape and child abuse are real things that ought not to be treated lightly. It is a severe trauma for the victim not to be a minor character or a way of showing a person’s wickedness.  It is a tough subject and its best to avoid it.

Incest, Bestiality, Masturbation

I am sure you have watched Game of Thrones, or have read the book. It is not surprising to hear talks about the taboo. Personally, it is unappealing. The characters indulging in any of the activities appear cheap and most often hate the character. Centring your story on such practices will lose your readers. It is against most religious beliefs and cultures as well.

“Sure, it happens, but that doesn’t mean I have to write about it. I find it extremely distasteful,”- Jesse Frankel.

Drinking

Drinking is fine especially if the audience consists of teenagers. The age group of the audience determines if both characters will be alcoholic or one opposed to the idea. It seldom works out well.

Sex

There is nothing wrong with sex. We all do it; kids are having sex as early as fourteen years, supposedly. It’s a personal subject, and most readers will judge you according to your words. Remember your audience. Never paint a graphic picture of the characters and only use it if it fits the storyline.

“I recently read Tampa by Alissa Nutting, and her protagonist must have masturbated a dozen times in the first twenty pages, so, that’s another example of how you can utilise this taboo subject—although Celeste is out of control, in so many ways, so it’s not a healthy example.”

Death

As much as death is part of life, there is no need to add too much drama. When including death in the plot, do not discriminate. Death does not distinguish the rich or poor, Sinner or Saints. Including death thus need to serve a well-defined purpose.

In conclusion, the biggest taboo when writing is the inability to build the story. A story that lacks a theme or end is tasteless and BORING. It is the worst thing you can as an author.

Entanglement between principles of what is right and wrong and fiction is almost unavoidable. Be thoughtful and careful when telling a story with a message. Entertain, shock or titillate the readers.

Write thinking of the ideal audience: their beliefs of what is right and unimportant.  However, remember if it crosses the taboo lines, it won’t be exciting for certain people. In our quest to amuse, entertain, engage, educate and uplift our audience remember it’s all about guiding your readers, infusing the story and making it relatable to all.

The Truth About Writing and What Is Not

Writing is the art of putting our feelings, ideas, beliefs and arguments on paper.  By forming visible letters and characters, we can communicate and convey meaning. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of writing systems defines it as a set of visible or tactile signs (Braille and Moon for the blind and impaired) to represent units of language systematically.

I want to believe as from the above description everyone can write. Well, we’ve been taught the writing skills since we were children. All you need is organise your thoughts and write a lot and boom; you will make it.

However, That Is Not True

Writing as a career and craft is far more complicated. You will need to develop new skills upon the old, practice, research on writing until the simple sentences evolve into elaborate stories. To write exceptionally well, you need a union of skills: spelling, grammar, editing, vocabulary, punctuation and organisation skills and that may force you to go for writing classes. The writing process is linear, and the ability to grasp a new skill depends on your mastery of basic skills.

It Is Painful

Writing is not easy and undoubtedly not fun when you are struggling to put your imaginations into words. An experienced writer will tell you it never gets easy, and it just gets faster. It takes effort, and there are days you will grasp for structure and lack of motivation.

Just because the story follows every rule of grammar, has the right characterisation, has a unique plot and is classy does not mean it will pass for a good story. Often your stories will be declined over and over again, but you have to build tolerance for failure. It’s a tormentor’s love, demands much, challenging but returns little.

It’s a Habit

Anne Lamott makes a light comment when she says; it’s about getting your butt in that chair every day at the same time to do the work. To write or research actions that will support the writing. It requires practice, only through writing will you become a better writer. It takes some mad skills for you to sell that brilliant work.

Meaningful writing comes from a habit of turning yourself inside out, being ruthless and unbiased. It will take years and millions of words for you to find your voice. When you need encouragement, do read books like The writer’s Manifesto.

A Solitary Activity

When writing you do it alone with your pen and paper or while sitting behind your laptop. The late nights, the early mornings and the days away from your loved ones will get lonely. There is a need for that sweet solitude when you are alone in the world in that place where you are immersed in your thoughts not knowing where you are going and no one is calling you back. In addition to your work learn to find a balance it’s important to create time for family and friends.

Not All Battles Are Worth Picking

There are thousands of writers out there desperately looking for ideas. Other writers will steal your ideas and generously share it on writing forums. Learn to battle with the demons that frantically push you to be a sleaze.

Instead, silence the demons and create new ‘real friends’. Network with influential people, do favours and serve your way to the top. Grow a thick skin that is inevitable to all that comes.

Writing Is a Compulsion

Is that so? If writers were always compelled to write, there would be a lot more writing. “I have to write, or else I’ll go crazy”. In my opinion, these phrase is just a mantra for an aspiring writer that push them to write. There are days you will lack enthusiasm and eat the back of your pencil because you’ve written your mind dry.

It Is Okay to Be Rejected

A work of art takes several drafts before it is finished, and several pieces of art before it becomes publishable. You have to make no money writing for a no-name publication before you eventually make it in the Wall Street Journal. Do not sweat over rejected manuscripts, write not for the fame or recognition but because it’s a calling and you cannot, not write.

Must Love Writing

If you enjoy writing, you will weather the storms before it pays off. Write for the pure thrill of entertaining, educating and because if you do not, no one else will. Writing is a serious vocation,-“a tedious process of continually dying to yourself and being reborn” not for the light-hearted.

Need for a Spell Check

It does not matter how many years of experience you have or how brilliant your work is, we all make mistakes. Even if your story is so brilliant that it throws the readers straight into your story world, if it doesn’t follow every rule of grammar, has spelling errors it will not be published.

The truth is, writing is a passion. It requires discipline, persistence- even when everyone is not paying attention to your work, tolerance for failure and rejection and hard work.

How Writing Can Keep You Out of Trouble

If you are focused on writing, whether it is articles for your blog, copy for promotion, content for outreach campaigns or even academic work, you tend to spend much of your time writing pieces for your readers. Writing requires a lot of attention and concentration since it is a process that requires brainstorming and coming up with diverse ideas and approaches to writing content.

The writing process needs a quiet and serene environment, and this explains why many writers are bookworms, and why they spend much time in quiet areas like libraries. You cannot come up with good content if you do not have the peace of mind. That is general knowledge.

When something is bothering you, you are likely to face interruptions most of the time, which will hinder the flow of content and structure of your article. Therefore, it is highly likely that you, as a writer, will try to create a conducive working environment as possible, which is free from interruptions of any kind.

Writing Instills Self-Discipline

Part of the writing life involves coming up with top-notch custom content within tight timeframes. Meeting tight deadlines while meeting expectations instils a sense of discipline. It sharpens your behaviour and instils discipline in you. Self-discipline helps you to control your behaviour and conduct in public places. It makes you develop respect for other people and their property.  In this regard, therefore, writing helps you to learn how to co-exist with other people.

Writing Helps to Keep You in Check

Writing is a process that involves a lot of inward reflection and internalisation. It is an activity that activates dialogue in your mind with yourself, and this leads to self-reflection. This way, you can keep yourself in check.

Inward reflection helps you to rethink your behaviour, conduct and self-worth, and this helps to reconcile you with yourself and people who surround you. A good relationship with people who surround you promotes understanding and reduces the chances of conflict and hostility.

Effective Communication Can Help to Sort Differences

Proper communication with other people out there is a critical element in promoting harmony and good relationships. This is because effective communication not only helps you to keep in touch with other people out there but also helps to improve understanding and harmony among those you people with whom you are in touch.

Differences and disagreements can be solved through effective communication since it allows room for dialogue and reconciliation.

Writing Helps You to Build Bridges

Writing is an effective way of reaching out to other people with whom you are not in the best of terms. A written message is likely to have a significant impact in this case compared to word of mouth – which, as is the case often, lead to altercations and even physical exchanges. Writing in an apologetic tone can help you to mend a broken relationship and get you in good terms with another person.

Some issues are best solved in writing since writing provides you with a unique way of expressing yourself to someone. Writing in the right tone can help to calm things down and help you avoid conflict or physical exchanges.

Writing Helps You to Reconcile With Yourself

Writing helps you to make peace with your inner self and reconcile with improper actions that you may have taken some time in the past. Forgiving yourself is the best way to create internal peace and harmony, even before forgiving and reconciling with other people. When you come to terms with who you are, it will help you to get along well with others.

Writing Encourages Solitude

Writing can keep you out of harm’s way since it encourages you to spend much of your time alone. If you are really into writing, you will find out that you like avoiding distractions and noisy environments.  This is a common aspect among writers out there, and it explains why many writers are loners and enjoy solitude. The upside of this is that it actively keeps you out of trouble since you minimise the time you interact with the outside world.

Writing Helps You Make Good Choices

The choices you make shape your life uniquely. Decisions have consequences, and it is essential to make the right decisions that are going to impact you and other people in a positive way. Good choices lead to positive outcomes which result in a higher degree of satisfaction. Satisfaction with your work and life shapes how you relate with other people, and this is very important if you aim at maintaining good relationships with other people. It also keeps you out of trouble and skirmishes.

In summary, the art of writing can help to streamline your relationships with other people. Writing will help you to communicate effectively with other people, and this will improve how you get along with another folk.

Why Our World Would End if Writing Disappeared

Spare a moment and think of how our world would look like if writing disappeared. Some things are just plainly unimaginable!

Writing today plays a crucial role in our world, regarding how we exchange ideas, how we communicate with other people, and how we interact with our environment.

Through writing, we can express how we feel; we can describe situations, we can explain to people our needs and even keep records of activities we undertake by the day.

The craft of writing is a potent tool in our world, and even though technology is influencing writing in many ways, writing adapts and evolves to be relevant with the times.

A world without writing will be a boring world. It will take away the primary form of expression of ideas among the majority of people out there.

Communicating With The Masses Would Be Challenging

Today, writing offers people a way of connecting to a large number of people through pen and paper. Whether it is in manuscript form, print form or digital form; written content allows people to communicate with a wider audience regardless of their location in the world.

People can express their ideas to other people by writing on online platforms, and get feedback on their work in an almost instant time. This has the net effect of allowing interaction among diverse people from different walks of life.

You can only imagine how our world would be if the art of writing disappeared. If writing were to disappear, our world would go with it.

There Would Be Poor Learning

Much of the learning conducted today involves reading and writing. Reading helps you to gain new insight and knowledge about a specific topic, whereas writing helps you to internalise, and also acts as a source of reference in future.

Little progress can be achieved if there is no learning in society. Essentially, active learning helps us to make discoveries and think of new and efficient ways of performing our tasks.

Writing is very critical to the learning process, and it helps people to grasp concepts in a faster manner. If writing were to disappear, there would be little learning among us. This would stall us regarding development.

Books and other products of writing would cease to exist. Online content would be impossible to create. Our world would fast lose the gains it has made over time.

Many Innovations Would Stall

If writing were to disappear, many research activities would stall. This is mainly because researchers and academics would lack ways of expressing their findings. Writing is the backbone of any research activity, and it helps people to communicate new and fresh ideas to the outside world.

A world without writing would be fascinating. To be honest, one cannot imagine how such a world would look. At best, the world itself will deteriorate and degrade over time.

Support for Other Arts Would Dwindle

Writing is one of the critical ways in which information flows today. In fact, other works of art incorporate writing to complement their works. Photography, drawing and design and other forms of art inculcate writing to bring the best out of them. Writing reinforces works of art and helps artists to come up with great products.

If writing were to disappear, other works would surely take a hit. Writing complements these works, and you can only imagine how a world without writing would look.

Solving Elusive Problems Would Be Difficult

Writing helps us to come up with solutions to the issues that plague us in life. It enables people in different fields of work to develop teamwork and cooperation needed to come up with solutions to elusive difficulties and challenges. It not only allows for efficient communication but also allows people to work in harmony.

Solving problems requires collective effort between different parties, and one of the hallmarks of practical problem solving is proper communication. It is quite difficult to imagine how we would achieve this in a setting where there is no writing.

Our world would languish in problems, and those who would be able to cope in such an environment would survive such a scenario. But they can only survive long enough.

A lot of Things Would Become Meaningless

Our world today is beautiful because it has plenty of beautiful people and things in it. Thanks to writing, we can describe how these things can help make our lives better and how people can support us on our different journeys in life.

To wrap it up, Writing is a sturdy craft. While some folks may underestimate it, it is a very crucial aspect in our world today. A world without writing is like a vacuum. Over time, it would lose meaning and value to its inhabitants, and disappear.