ever find yourself humming/listening to a song that you know you shouldn’t like, but damn it (all to hell) if you can’t help but tap your foot?
or watching a tv show that you know is pure junk, but you can’t help it?
writing can be that way a lot.
there’s a lot of stuff that i find myself writing that i’m not crazy about, not necessarily because of the quality but because of the content. but if it fits in the story and works or (God forbid) is even educational, then it’s necessary.
thankfully, you don’t have to be a fan of kidnapping children and forcing them to kill to be able to use it as a plot device.
thankfully, you don’t have to be a fan of rape to use it to bring the issue of sex slavery to light in your work.
thankfully, you don’t have to be a drug addict to write characters who are.
hate the sin, but write the sinner. just because someone is a sinner doesn’t mean they have to be utterly unlikeable. everyone i know is a sinner and there’s a lot of them that i like – love even.
so sometimes you hate what you love and sometimes you love what you hate. how cliche is that in terms of lyricism? pretty cliche.