I'm in the middle of a difficult scene in my novel, that apparently deals with rape, and self harm , in a young adult fashion (eg, not for children, but not quite an adults novel). Apparently in that I can remove it, and allude to it in the story without the explanation, but I feel that the character needs the opportunity to explain. What I'm finding difficult is I don't want to trigger anyone off with it. I realise that would be a sign of good writing, but I think that would be mean as well. Tell me, how do you deal with writing a difficult scene?
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Peeples - thanks, I'll take that on board.
Thanks, Veronica. I want to make sure I give her an accurate portrayal, as it does affect how she reacts to some people. But it's not all that made her who she is, or who she was. Funnily enough it's more about how her friend reacts to the news
It might not be a bad idea either, to work with maybe a developmental editor, a critique parter, or take a workshop or two--somewhere with people who are seasoned in their craft so you can bounce ideas off of.
Great advice. Thanks