This week, Associate Fiction Editor Ethan Brightbill asked our staff what themes or subjects they actively avoid writing about.
Associate Editor Emeritus, Nonfiction
I mean, I try not to write about monster girls, but it keeps happening!
Krys Malcolm Belc
Associate Editor, Fiction
Associate Editor, Poetry
Associate Editor, Nonfiction
Traverse City, Michigan
Anything existential. I have enough personal crises as is, I don’t need them to infect my writing.
I want nothing to do with writing that even gestures toward co-opting the suffering involved in experiences that aren’t mine. There are people who write those experiences whose voices deserved to be amplified more than mine. People’s struggles aren’t a metaphor for my life. Ever.
Also, place-based writing, I guess, being that I’m rootless trash and all.