Rule Y: You can’t avoid offending someone with your writing
Linda’s Rules of Writing
We’re onto the letter Y in Linda’s Rules of Writing of the A to Z Challenge, and You can’t avoid offending someone with your writing.
When I was writing with a cowriter, he asked a friend volunteer to read our novel in progress. He told her it was a thriller set in Virginia during the Civil War.
She was a published writer, so it was kind of exciting because if she liked it, it would be a good referral. She read 70 pages, and then gave back a 4 page critique that nitpicked the story to death. I read it over and had set it aside for a few days. It was scathing! Her kindest words were “Your prose is clean.” I read a few days later and immediately realized she’d hated the story and hadn’t known why. So she’d picked it apart as justification.
A few months later, cowriter mentioned that the romance writer was vehemently anti-gun. That explained a lot.
You can’t avoid offending someone. It’s simply part of being a writer. Have you run into anyone you’ve offended for something in your story?