The Draugr (A Discovery of Writers)
- Deep water
- Brutal violence
- Animal in danger (escapes unharmed)
- Person in danger (escapes unharmed)
Why content warnings?
Because a lot of people suffer from PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder.
What makes PTSD different from ‘having gone through some difficult periods in life’ is that PTSD is a disorder. It’s not just a few bad memories and unhealthy coping mechanisms, which we all have to one degree or another. Post-traumatic stress disorder impacts your ability to function in daily life.
PTSD can cause flashbacks that are so real you can’t tell the difference between reality and hallucination. In your mind, you’re there again, experiencing the trauma as if it happened right here, right now. You can’t break out of it. It’s all you know, feel, hear, smell, taste.
PTSD flashbacks can send sufferers into deep depression, destructive behaviour, even psychosis. I don’t have PTSD, but people close to me do, and I know the harm it does to a person.
If you don’t need content warnings, consider yourself lucky. All it takes is one traumatic experience — whether it’s by the hands of another human or a pure accident — and you may find yourself in the same situation. A victim of your own brain’s dysfunction.
Why would you put content warnings on your writing? Isn’t this self-censorship?
Quite the contrary. By putting CWs on my work I can write whatever I want. Those who rather not read that kind of content know to stay away. Those who don’t mind reading about potentially traumatic experiences are free to ignore the warnings and read ahead.
But these are spoilers! I don’t want my story spoilt before I read it.
Then don’t read the CWs. It’s as simple as that. They are hidden on my website and they will be found at the end of any book I publish. In e-books, there will be links either to this website or to a CW page at the end of the book. It won’t affect your reading experience unless you click the link.