Why do I like clean stories?

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When I’m looking for a new book to read, I usually steer clear of graphic, violent, cruel novels. Blog readers may see that preference trickle into the blog posts we write as well. It’s not an accident, but a conscious choice so I thought I would explain why.

I believe that most action starts as an idea. In another words, what you think about can influence how your life turns out. That’s why I start my day by writing what I’m thankful for and what I want to do with the day. It helps me remember what my priorities are. Then when I have to make a decision about watching TV or edit a book chapter, it’s really easy to choose the editing.

I don’t want cruel, inhumane thoughts poking my brain as I try to fall asleep at night, so I try not to put them in my head. (I even avoid a lot of news because it is mostly negative.) Plus, I think it’s possible to tell an engaging story without graphic elements. Stories are about people and the changes they undergo. When done right, they’re an emotional journey and the details of the plot almost become inconsequential to how they change.

About Author Steve Hanson

Steve Hanson is the author of The Dax and Zippa Series, Monsters Midnight Feast, Wizards In The West, Butterflies Don't Chew Bubblegum and The Whens. View his Profile.

One thought on “Why do I like clean stories?

  1. This post makes me think of Game of Thrones, the popular fantasy novel. It’s kind of interesting, but the characters often revel in being crude, disgusting, and vile. Some say it’s a mark of gritty realism, but I would much rather read Lord of the Rings or the Chronicles of Narnia–stories that are filled with excitement, imagination, creativity, and wonderful characters without catering to the lowest common denominator. I’m about halfway through GoT and don’t have much desire to finish because, like you said, I would much rather fill my mind with things that are good, right, and pleasing (Philippians 4:8).

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