We were given an interesting quote by Ursula Nordstrum: "The writer of books about the real world has to dig deep and tell the truth." Fair enough, I wouldn't disagree with that, but it still left the interpretation of that truth to the individual writer. Most of us agreed that we have a responsibility to offer choices, including sex information. But how far should that go?
After we had explored the premise of a few current books and one notorious at its time of publication, Forever by Judy Blume, we had plenty to discuss. In the end, we agreed it came down to a few main points:
- the content must fit the character, story, and plot
- whether the sexual content is explicit or implicit depends on the author's comfort zone
- the book must be geared to the age range of the specific publisher
- keep it real in contemporary stories
Food for thought, and great inspiration to get on with writing!