How do you write good issue scenes without making them exploitative?

This is an interesting topic for me because I love to include issues in my books, often things to do with sexual assault because its a topic I’m passionate about. But how do you write scenes that are worthy of the topic, and are sensitive, and yet honest and informative, and yet also don’t take over as my books are romantic suspense not an explorative story about the effects of sexual assault.

There are so many things to consider when including any sensitive topic or “issue” in your books.

How much do you know about the issue?

How much do you need to find out?

How much do you want to include?

Are you trying to get across a “message” or is the issue just one part of many in your story?

What have other people said about this issue?

This article covers a couple of things to consider if you are including some issue scenes in your books.

How do you write good issue scenes without making them exploitative?

 

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Princess Jane

4 thoughts on “How do you write good issue scenes without making them exploitative?

  1. Thank you for sharing this. The third book in my series actually will deal with human trafficking. The article you shared made mention of those involved with the survivor of sexual abuse issues. That was very useful to me in helping me see more how I wanted to portray what was going on in the book. Will be saving this article to reference back to when I get to the point of writing the third book.

    1. A.S., I am so pleased that you found this article helpful!! Its such a complex topic and I found the article covered a good range of things to think about!! Wishing you all the best with your book!!

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