June 19, 2012

Sensitive Topic? - Linda Aleta Tame

It's the writing-about-sex question that seems to be an obstacle for many writers who are Christian, and I'm no exception.  Sometimes my character is tempted in a sensual way and my thoughts say, "Wait a minute.  You can't write about that if you're a believer in Christ."  I've never had need to describe a sexual encounter in graphic detail, nor do I expect I will, but I have had occasion to grapple with writing about situations that are, well, the "facts of life."

So, what do you think?  How do you, my fellow believers, handle this challenge in a wholesome way?  I want my stories to be real, but tasteful.  Some writing is sensually cautious to the point of losing adult readers.  It could be an adult story, but the shallow content lacks strength, and makes it read more like a fairy tale.

The Bible is not silent when it comes to sexuality.  One can become quite lost in the intimacies expressed in the Song of Songs, for example.  Even recognizing that this love song is prophetic of Christ and His bride, one must appreciate the word imagery as it relates to very human instincts.

Maybe, the best approach is to simply pray about each scenario.  If I yield my conscience to the Word and the Holy Spirit's leading, I can trust what I write will be appropriate, and meaningful.  I still appreciate the help of my Christian siblings though.  I welcome your thoughts on the topic.

Proverbs 11:14 For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.

1 comment:

  1. Good thoughts, Linda. I agree, it's part of life and needs to be tastefully included in writing with God's direction. And it makes stories a lot more interesting and real, too!

    Pam M.


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