For example, one of the stories in my current book project is entitled “Special Guest”. It is the kind of thing that will alienate some readers, and endear me to others.
I was brought up to respect others, and making fun of them, or even stretching a bit to make a point was considered to be the wrong thing to do.
But then I read Stephen King’s “On Writing” and (perhaps) learn an important lesson. Tell the truth.
Of course what is true for me isn’t true for others.
Now I’m faced with including a story in my current “Book Project” that features Jesus’ brother Jessie. Yes, yes, I know. There is no mention of Jesus having a brother (at least in the most accepted versions of history). So, am I taking a chance here? Am I going to put off a certain group of people? Should I even be concerned?
The story is (potentially) quite funny… at least in the punchline ending. But, do I worry about offending some readers? Do I just go forward and, as I’ve said elsewhere, “push the button”?
I’m moved to include “Special Guest” in my soon to be published collection… but on the other hand, I’d hate to lose readers.
(I have lost readers in the past by being honest, see.)
I’d like your opinion about this.