Was just wondering how you all handle story ideas that make your own skin crawl. I'm nearing the end of my first draft of this manuscript and thinking forward to the next one. Just awoke (at 3 am AGAIN!!) from a dream that made me jump and makes me uncomfortable because of a theme that includes a cult, child abuse and an overwhelming urge to escape. But, it's one of those things that strikes me as a story I'd like to write an end to.
Although I don't know that I really want to write it - I'd really kind of never like to think about it again.
On the other hand, the images are stuck in my brain and maybe outlining it would help me get calmed down enough to go back to sleep.
But, if I outlined it and ran across it again I'd probably be stuck in this quandary again some other 3am.
Thoughts? Have you ever written a smashing story about a topic that is completely distasteful? And how would you even pitch such a thing to anyone to interest them in reading it?