WARNING, SENSITIVE CONTENT AHEAD PERTAINING TO SUICIDE AND DEPRESSION.
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One of my first tangible memories is that of pain. I was eight years old. I can remember laying in a bathtub full of hot water and wondering how long it would take to die if I slit my wrist. I can remember wondering how much it would hurt, if I would pass out and drown before I bled to death.
Of of my first real memories is the wish for scarlet ribbons floating in my bath water and carrying all of my pain away.
Sometimes the things that we write have content that isn’t easily discussed. I’m working on a short story right now that has content just like that. There is more plot to it, and I am hoping a twist for hope and change in my main characters life, but I’m honestly not sure that there will be. So my question that I am posing here is, how do you handle writing tough and touchy content?
Generally when I write about any type of content that has trigger warnings (suicide, depression, rape, etc) I find myself pausing for a few moments. I’m not going to lie when I say that I pull a lot of the inspiration that I have from real life. I think when most people have ear worms for stories such as these, it’s because they need to express their own emotions in some form or fashion. But… I do think that writing things like this is important. Sometimes, people back off of writing projects because they are afraid that they will be judged for what they write. I think that they shouldn’t – I think that it’s important to see that other people feel this way, think this way, have these stories to tell. So, how do I handle writing sensitive material?
I do it just like anything else – with careful thought and consideration. I warn people before I show them. But I write it.
Let your emotions out.
Always write what you feel.
Even if it scares you.
Sorry if this topic is a little dark, but I feel like I needed to get it out there. Now, go write something!
Author Amanda McCormick
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