On revising books for certain readers…

I recently came across an article in the New York Times,  which talked about many non-fiction authors revising and removing content from their works to make it more palatable for younger readers.

Let me say, I understand the concept of protecting children, really I do.  But, I am strongly against watering down or censoring novels  – especially non-fiction novels.

If an event/chapter is removed from a survivor’s account or from a historical battle, just to make us feel better, doesn’t that alter the history?  Even if it makes us uncomfortable or keeps us up at night, if it is part of the story, I believe it should be told…because once we begin editing a history (for what ever reason), where will we stop?

As a storyteller, you want people to be able to connect with what they’re reading, to the stories of other people and other places.   Part of that connection is positive, but part of it can be negative too.  I say, if someone wants to read a book – let them read it.  If they want to stop halfway through, they can.  But let them make that choice for themselves.

 

What do you think?

Confessions of an office worker…

Confession #1 – I listen to pandora on my headphones while doing work and….sigh, sometimes I can’t help it, I have to dance or mouth the words. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to adjust dancing arms or head bobbing into convincing stretches when people walk by. But I don’t think they’re onto me, yet….hopefully. 🙂

What’s your office confession?

NaNoWriMo is coming…

National Novel Writing Month (in November, in case you didn’t know) is right around the corner…are you ready for it?

….am I?

hmmm.  I’m not as ready as I’d like to be, but I do have a few writing ideas that I’ve been thinking about.  Essentially, my internal debate comes down to two choices.  Should I go for:

1) cute, funny, romantic comedy – I wrote one of these last time and had a blast…I also still have to edit the first  draft, but that’s an issue for another day.  Clearly, November isn’t National Edit Your Crap month…not sure when that month would be, but I’m sure it would be awful.  :p

2) dark thriller/mystery/romance – hmmmm.  Now, these conceptual ideas are fun and interesting.  However, in practice….for me, it’s been hard to keep the dark mood throughout the novel.  I always feel the need to have a character crack a silly joke in the middle and it ruins the whole brooding mood.  Maybe this time, I’ll try for a dark-ish comedy?  We’ll see, I still have quite a number of days before NaNoWriMo.  And so do you. 😉

 

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with quotes by writers, to get you in the mood for those intense 30 days (why couldn’t they pick a month with 31?!) known as National Novel Writing month:

– “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

– “There is nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway

– “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

– “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison