Ever consider robbing a bank? Slipping an object from a store into your pocket without paying? Not me.
I've always tried to be a good person my whole life. When I play a video game I end up being the good guy; even if there is a bad guy to choose. On that same note, games that portray only evil are ones I hardly ever play (I never said I am against them). Being bad, virtually or otherwise, isn't something I think about ... much.
I think this flows over into my writing. This is the thought that rolls through my head sometimes. "Why not write from the bad guys prospective?" "How far is too far for the bad guys to attack my hero?" Other questions bounce around as I work out details with my writing. Thinking out of the safe little box I've built around my life and thinking has limited how I write.
Sure, I've watch movies, read books, and seen terrible images on the news. It doesn't mean I store it away for a rainy day. There is a mind dump shortly after viewing or reading such things. No need to keep horrible stories locked up in my mind. Now, I find a need to remember what people have done so I might get a feeling of their mindset when they did those robberies or killings. The honest truth is someone must write unthinkable situations for innocent people to be stuck in and they won't always be nice.
The point I am trying to make is this - even the nicest person thinks bad thoughts. Stuff happens and mostly to the good people in spades. It is my job, and those writing scripts or producing movies, to give a clear picture of certain events without going overboard with scenes entailing blood and guts. Make it entertaining while still allowing the mind's eye to draw the picture as the story unfolds.
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Are words used in chat (LOL) and trendy terms, such as Staycation, really meant for inclusion to the dictionary? Each year someone posts or blogs about these gimmicky word uses that were meant sell an idea. They are slang words expressing a real word. Tramp stamp should not find it's way into a dictionary for the simple fact that it stereotypes individuals with a tattoo on the lower back and it also used to mean the person might be "easy" in some circles. I don't find the term "Big Johnson" listed among those esteemed vocabulary terms as it was a widely used verbally and on t-shirts. Unfriend is yet another word to grace these sacred pages and be forever immortalized.
I am losing faith in our written society as the world grows older around us. We had other books to contain these fads, which were found as reference material like a thesaurus. Nowadays, if a word catches the attention of the majority it will be in indoctrinated into our holy grail - The Dictionary. I don't know if it can ever be stopped at this point, but the literary community cannot fall prey to words like "ain't" outside of a character's dialog and still be considered a writer. We need to hold a higher standard of writing if the younger generation is to know what words really are instead of making them up as they grow up.
About the Author
Adam Santo is a SciFi/Fantasy writer who enjoys the quiet moments to write stories. His debut novel, Temperature: Dead and Rising, took the world for a ride they would soon not forget. Santo began plotting out the second paperback novel, Temperature: Bitter Cold, before the ink dried on his first book. Santo continues to write nonstop because he knows there is always a story waiting to get out.