I don’t want you to consider this a post about censorship. It’s not. At least not in the traditional sense. It’s about expressing yourself in your work, or even in life, with all the freedom you desire. I’ve always been of the mindset, do what you want. Don’t hold back. I really do feel that you have a story, or an idea inside of you, just do it. Who cares if people think it’s too over the top, or too raunchy, or too anything. That’s their problem, not yours. As Ricky Gervais once said, “If you’re offended by something I say, that’s your problem, not mine.” That might not be the exact quote, but it’s something very close to it.
I felt the need to write this particular post today mainly due to me coming across a submission last night for an Erotic Horror anthology. Erotic Horror is something I’ve thought about, and even bordered on doing in previous works. Lizzy sort of toes that line, but never quite crosses it. However, I had something I’d been working on that I thought could be adapted to that genre perfectly – so for the first time in my writing life, I wrote a raunchy sex scene, and it’s pretty vile and gruesome. I knew I had it in me to do, but I thought writing it would be degrading, or detrimental to my writing career, when now the opposite might happen. Should this submission get accepted, it could be a step in the right direction.
Maybe it was that I was writing something new, maybe I found my new forte, maybe it’s just a phase. But because I let myself be more expressive, I now have a new opportunity, and I would suggest that you do the same. Don’t care what others might think, if you want to do something, do it! Don’t hold back, you never know what might become of it. Maybe you put it down, don’t like it entirely, but like aspects. Now you have the basis for something else. Just try, it can’t hurt.
Sometimes the best work is mired in controversy. Now-a-days, the shock factor is hard to accomplish – everybody is so desensitized to everything, nobody is taken aback anymore. But regardless, it can’t hurt to try! I’ve seen artists and photographers today that still bend the limits of the societal norm. They use striking imagery, or shadows, or lighting, or whatever to relay a message, and if presented well enough, it’s incredible. I tend to gravitate towards the weird and unconventional, so it only makes sense that my writing should convey the same concepts.
I’ve always been expressive with photography and modelling. I’ve never really been afraid to put myself out there, so it didn’t make sense that I would hold back with writing. I suppose it took me seeing that there is a market out there for it, the Erotic Horror, for whatever it was in my brain to click and say Yeah, you can do that. I know it’s a bit strange coming off the two rejection letters yesterday that I would be so gun-ho in getting back in the saddle. But sometimes the best cure for rejection is getting back on the bike and trying again. Giving up (which, to be fair is something I do a lot), isn’t the way to go about it.
On a slight side topic, I did submit some other poems to another magazine, and I will be submitting this horror story as well in the near future. So… Look for another depressed rejection post in the near future! 🙂