zoned

As I hit the home stretch with this piece, I dare ask a few questions for serious discussion:

  1. Should writers take risks with their writing that some may deem innapropriate, including members of the writer’s family and those in his/her social/professional circle?
  2. When a writer shows you, the reader, his/her raw side, do you appreciate that?
  3. Do you believe writers who are teachers of high school students should write such pieces and publish them, even if they are not the intended audience of that publication, but they may read what is written?
  4. If a writer does not write in this way, is s/he being unfaithful to the readers, to society, to future generations about the accuracy of this life as seen through that writer’s eyes?

3 thoughts on “zoned

  1. That whole teacher thing is an interesting question as it seems that teachers lose their jobs over alot of things that in my opinion should have nothing to do with whether they can teach your kids. Didn’t one lady lose her job recently because of some soft core porn she did years before? Is there no such thing as second chances? I think if writing is your passion and you believe that what you are writing is something that needs to be read by others that you have to be true to your heart and get it out there.

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  2. Yes, Carl….I believe you are right. It seems that there is a decision that people must make: how much are they going to play the game, and how much are they going to be true to themselves and to their audience in their art. . . .How many bloggers have been fired from their jobs for posting content that has nothing to do with their profession, but has been seen by their superiors as a direct conflict to who they are as an employee?
    This is one of the reasons why I will someday make the leap to teaching full-time at a university, where the rules are a little different in how you express yourself.
    Good thoughts, Carl. Thanks.

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  3. As I hit the home stretch with this piece, I dare ask a few questions for serious discussion:

    1.Should writers take risks with their writing that some may deem innapropriate, including members of the writer’s family and those in his/her social/professional circle?

    Privately yes, public writing – each situation is too unique to answer with a blanket statement. I am not saying the truth should be hidden but there is a difference between writing something truthful in a general fashion and using names. I would really have to think about the reasons for writing what I was writing if my family was written about. In the same vein I would have to think about the repercussions on my job and weigh the pros and cons. In many cases writing about ones family and risking a job might be the exact right thing to do.

    2.When a writer shows you, the reader, his/her raw side, do you appreciate that?

    Yes very much so. There is so much to choose from out there in the world to read and sadly I think a good portion of it is very cookie cutter. I really enjoy when a writer takes a risk and involves his/her emotions and raw side. We all have one, some are just more extreme than the others.

    3.Do you believe writers who are teachers of high school students should write such pieces and publish them, even if they are not the intended audience of that publication, but they may read what is written?

    Just because a person is a teacher as well as a writer it should not limit what they write. I see how perhaps it could be considered a conflict of interest but the writer is not writing for the student correct? As long as the teacher is not pushing his/her book in class (which they should not do no matter what the topic). The student can go and get whatever books they want at the bookstore anyway and I am sure there are many out there more controversial than what you are writing.

    4.If a writer does not write in this way, is s/he being unfaithful to the readers, to society, to future generations about the accuracy of this life as seen through that writer’s eyes?

    I think it is fine to be raw and accurate about life in general. As I said earlier the more specifics you get into, the more you should weigh the pros and cons. Unfaithful? No. Everything that is written is open to interpretation. If it is non-fiction, as a writer I would say that the only obligation is to have accurate facts, the level of rawness in which those facts are presented is a personal decision of the writer.

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