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Bad Topics For Writers (or anybody else) To Talk About

July 30, 2017

Famous authors like J.K. Rowling and Stephen King have been tweeting a bunch of anti-Trump stuff recently, and now some people who support President Donald Trump claim they’ll never read any more books by those authors again. It works both ways. Authors who tweet out pro-Trump stuff get threats of boycotts too (but I don’t remember who those authors are because maybe they’re not as famous or maybe my memory is bad. It’s a good thing I’m not a journalist).

Anyway, these authors are rich and established, so they probably don’t care, but as an aspiring author, I don’t want to get into topics that can turn potential readers off, especially if that polarizing topic isn’t what my blog is about. I need all the readers I can get. Plus, nobody really cares what I think anyway.

Dysfunctional Literacy

When you see this look on the interviewer’s face, you might want to change the topic. (image via wikimedia) If you see this look on the interviewer’s face, you might want to change the topic. (image via wikimedia)

When it comes to writing, the topic is everything.  I’d rather read a poorly-written piece about an interesting topic than a well-crafted selection about something boring.  I’m pretty sure most readers agree with me.  I don’t have any statistics to back me up on this, but if I repeat myself loudly enough (“Most readers agree with me!!”), my assertions will eventually become accepted as truth (except I have a quiet voice so nobody will hear me).

If an author delves into a bad topic, the author can phrase things carefully and revise heavily before publishing.  But when an author talks about a bad topic, he can get into trouble just like anybody else.

Last week, famous author John Grisham got into trouble for talking about child pornography in an interview. Child pornography…

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One Comment
  1. Nothing wrong with speaking your opinion. Interesting phenomenon – I think it’s an empirical fact – is that most artists lean left. Musicians, writers, actors etc are usually liberal. Correlates with higher education?

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