Read my latest blogpost on the Fire Star Press blogsite:
How much violence do you tolerate in your fiction? How much do you enjoy? Where does violence fit into your taste in books?
The rewrite of Cat Winter: The first pages came off without a hitch; then the red lines began…
Red lines eventually equal green $Lines$ we hope!
I like your optimism!
Violence is alright as long as it is a part of the story line and not gratuitous. We dont like when the language starts getting off color not to fit a character or particular happenstance but trying to be what the author thinks a certain subset of soldiers, cops, men, women, etc. should sound like. Yuck. We have quit several authors that were passable but got mired down in the cursing.
I agree. Violence, profanity, and sex should be used sparingly and only when it moves the story. I try to follow that line in my writing.
Finding ways around these conundrums is half the fun – I use that word loosely, of being a writer and teller of tales. Not being a fan of violence in books, I find less is more, and the better the writer the less direct violence they need. I am sure once you have done with the rewrites it will be perfect for almost all tastes 🙂
I love that idea: “less is more.” Cat Winter, even after the rewrite, pushes the envelope for me, but compared to other stories, it’s relatively tame.