All of us can dream up some pretty ugly scenarios.
Depraved, disturbing, deranged. I’d wager you could come up with some horrific scenes with some downright criminal activity. Stuff you’d feel you could never put to paper. So, how is it that some authors can actually write that stuff and not be thought of as insane?
For my latest work in progress I’ve decided to abandon some of my social constraints and write of gawd-awful acts and heinous behavior. Immolation, horse stomping children, murdering a pregnant woman, soon the dismemberment of a “bad dude.”
Holy Hell Batman! That’s some nasty shit. Are you sure you want to have your name associated with such wickedness? Are you sure you want your editor/mother (78) to read of such unspeakable cruelty? What will she think of you now? Disturbed? Perverted?
Frankly, I don’t know. But, I figure if I can visualize it, then so can others, and if it fits the story, then so be it.
But, day-yam, that’s some corrupt sewage leaking out of my brain.
Have you written content you know others would find disturbing? Did their consternation and potential ostracization influence your writing?