It's been an interesting week in the land of YA writerdom and I've been challenged with the question about morality in more ways than a tired, overworked and undertimed writer should be.
It started with some small issues on Twitter that have led to a somewhat ridiculous moral dilemma. As a YA writer, to what extent does a moral responisbility to my readership actually exist? & What are the moral limits or confines that I should be placing myself under?
Take the example of Twitter. I am aware that as well as my wonderful writing community, many of my followers are readers and are probably under the age of eighteen.
This can pose quite a problem. For example, I happily retweeted a #WW the other day to a writer's blog, which up until this point, had been an interesting blog by a good indie writer, however, when I checked out one of their latest blogs, they had merrily posted a short story that was, by even the most liberal of standards, graphic porn. Now I'm not just talking a little bit of racy eroticism - I'm talking serious hardcore S&M.
I'm hardly some Victorian Lady, but I have been somewhat astounded at the amount of writer's that are happily posting very explicit writing on their blogsites without any form of age guidance or barrier homepage.
This must also pose a difficult issue for writing sites with forums to deal with. Nobody wants to be the censorship party pooper (and actually - I'm pretty against almost all forms of censorship - obvious exceptions included) But I do worry. For example, I posted a piece of writing on a brilliant independent writer's site this week and was merrily tweeting promos for the site until two days later, someone posted a short story that was again exceedingly graphic and violent in it's sexual imagery - indulgent one might say. As it happens, members of the forum gave it short shrift because of its clear gratuitous nature - which is reassuring - but it didn't sooth the concerns I had over my promo of the site to my readership.
So over to you? What do you think? Have you experience of the same issues?