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    Kids do experiment, often at ages younger than 11 and 12. The vast majority of them do not get caught.

    Good point, Gary, about the mainstream vs. erotic.

    David, if you're writing for YA you're in very iffy territory. If you're writing for adults, follow your instincts and write it the way you believe it should be written. Time (and some intensive critiques by impartial beta readers) will tell.



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    Well, that's more than I wanted to know! Seriously, if you have to go back and forth with yourself like this, listen to the voice that's saying "no". When in doubt, cut it out.

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    A note on the "legalities" creeping in here. There's a difference between writing and images. Written pornography isn't illegal--even underage, violent rape, incest, and snuff. It's images that can become illegal. The issue with written pornography is what risk a publisher/Web site wants/is willing to to take of the written stuff bringing in those dealing with the images and thus scrutiny and name IDing by the authorities--or just plain their own comfort level in dealing with the material. On this basis, many publishers/Web sites/distributors draw their own lines on what material they will handle (which is their right to do). But it's not based on whether or not it's legal.

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    David, you could leave out all descriptions of childhood sex and just go with the aftermath. When it comes to kids, most people don't want to read that he touched that, or that she did this. You could give a generalization of what happens and then go from there. But if this is such a big question for you, then you already know that you don't feel good about writing it. JMHO

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    David has told us this was a memory of his having had sex with a minor; I'm assuming he was a minor as well. That said, even if he writes this thing up as a short story, there are caveats he can avoid by seeking the competent advice from a lawyer, not writers on a website.

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    David said this is a novel, not a memoir. What does he need a lawyer for?

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    agree with the Tinman, there most likely is no answer. It was NOT written to upset or bring on the negative. It was just a crazy idea from a wonderful memory that is now no longer in print and archived in my head and hers.

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