I have this one scene in TWISTED ROOT that is…intense. It is so intense that I’ve had reactions all over the place from my CP’s and betas.
Let me start by saying I have a ton of people read my work. An 8 person crit group, 2 crit partners, and 2 that I would say are alpha readers—friends who read tons and have strong editing backgrounds.
So I receive crits all over the place, and this scene has created some interesting responses. One critter went crazy for it, loved it. Another referred to it as slightly icky. I loved that response. :) Another blushed when we discussed it in person. And all of the male critters I have thought it was awesome—go figure. Men have a much higher threshold for uncomfortable-ness, than most women. (JMHO!!!)
Now I’m not saying I don’t adore all my readers. I do. I couldn’t write without them. Each one makes my work stronger. But here’s the thing, I’m keeping the scene, as it is (for now). Wanna know why?
I think as a writer you should make your reader uncomfortable at times. If the reader shudders—good! If the reader cries—good! If the reader makes a disgusting face because the scene produces such an intense image—all the better!
I believe in tasteful writing. I’m not sure I have ever written a scene that I feel is inappropriate or tasteless (CPs could disagree!). All that said, I prefer to write with emotion—intense emotion. I want people to read my work and know that, if nothing else, they’re going to feel something during the process.
What about you? Do you have uncomfortable scenes? Share. I promise not to judge. :)