Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Nitty Gritty not Namby Pamby

As part of my research for my gossip project, I'm reading books on the topic of shame and reputation.

Some of the illustrations have been...vivid, painful, sharp, striking, and helpful.

When I get to writing the book on gossip, I want the illustrations to have a realness to them, an authenticity.  I don't want to shock or titillate, but I do want to show how this is part of the nitty-gritty of real life.

Many books in the genre that I'm working in can have a very artificial feel, namby pamby, unreal.

I want nitty gritty, not namby pamby.

Which, by the way, is another reason for readers like you to turn in a gossip story.