2017-06-05

#RebelliousWriting

          Hi, guys. Many of you probably read my last post Dear Writers, and many of you know that in it I stated that I was “rebelling” against the normal book standards of having characters have sex, swearing, glorifying drug and alcohol abuse, etc. And that I also invited everyone to join me. Well, in the comment section a few other bloggers and I agreed that we should try to make to this into a movement. And I am here today inviting you, as a teenage reader, writer, or even as an adult to join us.


        Rebellious writing. Rebellious not because we are disobeying our parents, but because we are, in fact, obeying them and going against the norm. Today it is beyond common for books to have explicit language and scenes. And it is beyond common for the media to broadcast their message that this is okay and that this is perfectly normal. When it isn't, or it shouldn't be. And we can change that. Together as bloggers, writers, readers, homeschoolers, non-homeschoolers, Christians, even non-Christians, and just people in general, together we can do this.
         #RebelliousWriting is a movement that demands for wholesome books. Books that are full of light, good morals, family, friendships, and adventures, instead of books full of darkness, swearing, sex, vile relationships, and lust. Let's rebel against the social book standards that scream at us to fit in, in order to be cool or relevant.
         I want to see rants about this, blog posts about this, social media posts about this. Whatever we can do to get the word out there. And obviously, I will be doing more posts on this topic and I want you to join me.
       Maybe some of you want to join, but you don't know how, here are a few ideas:

1. Write a post listing all the good clean books you love with the #RebelliousReading

2. Write a post warning people against bad books also including the #RebelliousReading

3. Write a post/rant about why we need good books with the #RebelliousWriting

4. Write a post/rant against bad books with the #RebelliousWriting

5. Write a post about why you are rebelling against normal book standards with the #RebelliousWriting

      A few bloggers have already posted about this:

Elena posts against sexual scenes in books in her post: R-Rated Writing: Let's Rebel

Alexandra, a tween, shows a large amount of wisdom as she speaks up against swearing in books  and asks teen authors to stop this trend in her post: Rebelling Teens

      We can do this. We are the next generation of storytellers, readers, and authors, it is our turn to make the rules. Will you join us? Let's rebel.

48 comments:

  1. I'm so going to do this. I'll work on a post soon and hopefully have it up Wednesday. I want to be a part of this movement. I've seen a lot of books with all these problems, but I can't remember all their names, so I will probably do a post about writing and leaving out the smut, as I call it.

    Great job. With God's blessing, we'll get this going. :D

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  2. That's awesome, I'm so glad!

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  3. I don't have a blog....but I won't write that crappy stuff. lol
    My novels ARE sad, but that's because they lead up to a glorious moment. A moment of redemption. If I had a blog, trust me, I'd be posting about this.
    I was actually reading a book a couple months ago, and I really liked it. Then, (yes, there is a THEN) I was devastated when I saw swearing. It was also very inappropriate. I mean, I understand why some people put swearing in their novels (usually sad, heart wrenching ones). I mean, it makes a book real, but it's not necessary. It just pushes some people away from actually reading your novel. Plus, if God write a novel, trust me, there would be no swearing, and absolutely NO inappropriate scenes. So, this is what to ask yourself when you write this story\novel (etc.)........WWJD.
    Sorry. I tend to ramble. Lol
    *Love the post!*

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    1. I know you! :) Can I play devil's advocate for a minute? God kind of wrote a novel already, or you might say it's a series, with sixty-six books in it. And some of the books, especially in the OT but occasionally in the NT, do include "inappropriate" scenes. Some rather gory descriptions of death. Most of the Song of Solomon. Lots and lots of violence in the Pentateuch, Judges, Kings, and so on. And, of course, all four accounts of the Crucifixion focus on the violence.
      And Jesus was known to overturn tables and whip people out of the Temple, so. . . He wasn't /always/ meek and mild.

      Just a thought. Anyway, I really like this idea and I might write a post for my blog too. We need less gratuitous ick. (Less as in, none at all.)

      https://ofdreamsandswords.wordpress.com

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    2. You know me? Your name does sound familiar..from where?
      And I'm not saying that we should never have some more gory, or inappropriate scenes. But the difference between the Bible and the books I'm talking about is that the bible uses that evil for good in the end, but some books put those things in just to put them in.
      We do need less ick in books! Thank you for your comment!! And I will check out your blog.

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    3. Oh, sorry, I was talking to LHE :p. I met her on the Go Teen Writers website.

      That's the exactly the point. We need to be honest about evil, but not put it in just for the sake of being popular or being shocking or. . . whatever it is those writers do put it in for. I mean, Tolkien has giant spiders (creepy) and Black Riders (creepier) and have you read the Lay of Beren and Luthien? Morgoth makes Sauron look like a wimp. But it's all there to make the light and the good even better when they /do/ win. And one of the best things is that the true good does win --- there's no compromises or end-justifies-the-means nonsense.

      https://ofdreamsandswords.wordpress.com

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  4. Ugh, why is there always a "then"?! There doesn't have to be. :/
    And you don't have to have a blog to talk about going against bad books and spreading the word about this! :)

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    1. I know! Those scenes aren't needed and ruin the books for me. It drives me crazy!
      My writerly friends are clean writers, and I am, so I guess if I meet anyone else who loves writing but needs to see the truth, then I'll tell 'em! ;)

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    2. what do you think with books that have excessive violence? Just curious.

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    3. I don't mind most some violence in books, I think sometimes it's a very important factor in some genres, but I'm not too sure about "excessive violence", because that would mean that the reader would most likely be focusing on violence a lot. And I personally don't think it's very healthy for anyone to always be focusing on more violent and dark things, that would just be a bit depressing. So violence in moderation, if it's for a more mature and stable audience, is just fine. But like anything, too much is never good.

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    4. I definitely agree with that!

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  5. Great! And it's so nice to know there are other writers who find joy writing clean wholesome books!

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  6. Let the Rebellion begin!!!!

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm working on a post, it will be up soon. In the meantime, I encourage everyone to add the #RebelliousWriting image (with the link to this post) up on their blog and social media to help spread the word!

      Catherine

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    2. Awesome! Thank you so much!!!

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  7. *grabs sword* I'm in. I'm definitely in. *starts brainstorming blog posts*

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    1. I agree. I HATE HATE HATE good books being ruined by inappropriate things!!! 😠

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  8. Ooh, yes, love this!

    Hailey
    www.haileyhudson.wordpress.com

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  9. Thank you for adding me to your blog list! That's so awesome and sweet. It really means a lot to me. :D

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    1. Also, do you want people to use the image you have in your post or would you rather we don't? I'm just curious. :)

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    2. You're welcome! And yes, it's more than alright to use that image. :)

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    3. Okay, thanks. Did you make that yourself or did you get it somewhere? I'm trying to figure out how to make images for my blog instead of grabbing pictures from google, lol. :)

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    4. Sometimes I will use pictures from Pinterest and add words to them using an app, other times I use my own pictures and add words to them using an app. The app is called Write On Image and it's free. I looked up brick walls for that picture edited it slightly in shadowing and shininess and then added words.

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    5. Oh, cool. I'll have to check that out then. Thanks.

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    6. I use Pixabay a lot when finding free images that are copyright free. No account needed, and once you download the image, you're free to do whatever you want to it. Only downside is that sometimes there isn't that much variety when looking for really specific stuff.

      Catherine

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  10. Hello Gray!

    Yes, I really agree with this!! I review books and movies because it drives me crazy when they do all these things!!! I will write a post for this soon!!!

    MovieCritic

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  11. *Claps* I'm going to join the team. God bless you for calling this out. Have you read the book "Do Hard Things"? If so you'll know what I mean when I call you a Rebelutionary. :) Keep going girl!

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    1. Awesome! I did read Do Hard Things when I was twelve, I need to re-read it though since everyone keeps telling me about it now!

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  12. Hello.. I'm pretty sure you read the post about the clean reading post I linked to on one of your other posts. I'm joining this movement! If you would link to my post : http://geoturtle.com/books-for-christian-girls/ and then I will also be posting about drugs, lust, etc. I do have to be careful cause most of my audience is younger girls. I'll do my best. Please link!

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  13. Thank you so much for joining this movement!
    But although I did see that link you left me on one of my past post, I never had the time to read it...but I will be sure to go and read that now! I did not get my idea from you or copy you in any way...if that's what you're saying. So if that's what you were getting at, no, sorry.
    But as I always say great minds think alike! (Or Christian minds, but who knows?):)

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    1. But if you do an article for this on your blog I will, of course, link you along with everyone else!

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    2. No way Gray! That's not what I was saying at all! And even if it were "Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery" so I wouldn't care.

      I really admire what you are doing here. I'm super excited that there are others who believe the same things. Thank you!

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    3. Okay! I didn't think you were, I just wasn't sure!! And you're welcome, but thank you, too!

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  14. I've put your picture on my blog and linked to this post. Let's make this a thing! :)

    Jem Jones

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    1. Oh, yay! That makes me so happy to hear that!!

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