The image above is how I feel today.
Writing a story can be frustrating, especially when people tell you how to write your story. One of my biggest pet peeves is dumbing down a story. I recently watched “Roots” over the weekend, and being a black woman, it was hard to watch, very hard. The accurate portrayal of what happened to black women was sad but it’s history, American history. If we want true stories of what happened to people in the past, we have to include those dark details. This is similar to Clash of Tides. I don’t want to rant here, but to all writers who brave writing accurate details in their stories, I admire you. It’s scary, and not easy, but you are writing the story you feel is best. One writer I admire is George R.R. Martin. I know he gets a lot of flak for his work, but his descriptions of the past and characters are what draw readers into his world.
In Clash of Tides, the time period is around 1800th century England. Elena is poor, is viewed as a black woman, and unfortunately, she is in prostitution. It’s history and was a reality for many women in that situation. I will not dumb down Elena’s story because her experiences make her stronger and grow as a person. A writer needs to write the story they wish to tell the best they can, so to writers out there, please, stick to your guns and write the story you want. Besides, what is the point of writing a story if we can’t show the message we want to tell?
To other writers and readers, how do you feel about this issue?
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