In writing this blog, I go through cycles of being proud to being unsure to being downright confused. Today I’m confused about my responsibility as both a writer and a human being.
My last post was a giant warning to my readers to avoid a faux documentary called A Necessary Death. I received two comments from readers, one on WordPress and another through email, and both commenters said they were interested in watching the movie. One even said she was going to seek it out. The thought just makes me sick to my stomach because the movie is really disturbing. In trying to warn people against the movie, I’ve enticed readers to watch the movie instead. My instincts are telling me to remove the post all together.
Yet, as a writer, I can only control so much. I can control the words I choose and their arrangement, but after I hit publish, I am no longer in control of how readers react to my writing.
Any artist must both be in tune and detached from the impression their work makes on its audience, yet any artist is full to the brim with their own feelings. It’s a very complex problem and I don’t know how to deal with it.
In the world of mental health, it is especially important to not trigger people because the consequences can be devastating.
What do you think? Please share your thoughts about all or any of this.