Hello everyone! Today I am answering the question Why write dark, sinister stories?
With everything Christian-living related on my blog, it may seem that I don’t write stories filled with darkness; that I look on the bright side of life every time I write. Let’s just say I don’t.
I love writing dark stories, putting character in bad homes, in horrible situations, in mental states, and in wars. I love this simply because I don’t like writing chirpy books. But there is more.
In my books, I sometimes do not avoid the curse word. But why do I need to add them? Well, to make them more realistic. I learned that lesson from Gilly Hopkins, a book from my childhood, that you have to sometimes add things that in real life you would not be comfortable saying in order to make the situation seem realistic. If you were constantly pushed into different foster homes like Gilly, and your heart was hard, sure you might curse a little. And maybe that would be because you’ve heard curse words in your foster homes. Maybe that would be because your outlook on life was pretty rough. Or maybe it’s something else. I add curse words to make the situation realistic.
Writing YA, in my opinion, gives you more freedom to add things in that you couldn’t, or that would be uncomfortable for parents, in juvenile literature. That’s one of the reasons I write YA. I can show real life without hesitation.
Now to the valuable question: Why write dark stories?
There’s a simple answer to that. To show real life. But that isn’t the only reason.
Writing dark stories makes it better and more memorable when you add hope into the darkness. Every story needs hope to not seem too dark for the reader, and by adding in darkness you can really show the hope through in a beautiful way. Kinda like a lamp, turned on in the darkness. The darker the night is, the brighter the lamp shines.
But it really depends on the way you do it, and the way the plot is. You can certainly write dark stories with hope shining through. And those are the kinds of stories I like.
So those are the reasons why I write dark stories. I hope you enjoyed this post! What do you think? Do you agree with these reasons? Comment below!