Should One Avoid Sensitive Topics In Writing Essays?

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Everybody must have an encounter with something ugly or unsavoury for a topic. The essays’ sensitive topic, which is unfortunately, assigned to me often makes me want to do somersaulting at the pit of a volcano.

It’s not that I can’t work around it (though, at first, that’s what I think); it’s just conflicting emotions often override my capabilities to come up with a good piece. In this case, only one advice comes to mind: get educated, read about it.

Indeed, topics that irk us are undoubtedly those topics that we avoid (when we can afford to do so). The result of such aversion is a lack of factual knowledge regarding the topic. If you let this lack of factual knowledge grow, something else is bound to develop: misconceptions.

What essays’ sensitive topic have I encountered that really made me flinch? In my duration of formal education, there had been a lot. But the most irksome was euthanasia. I hated it because it’s generally about death.

I hated it more because it’s not about natural death, but murder. And no amount of sugar-coating could help me wrap my head around this topic. But I had a word count to fill and a deadline to beat. Hence, I decided to follow that aforementioned advice and read about it.

It was an uncomfortable affair at first. But as I read more and more, I seem to grow layers of skin. In other words, slowly, gradually, I became tolerant about this essays’ sensitive topic.

And the good thing about reading is that it takes the focus off of you, into the issue. In effect, I no longer felt aware about my uncomfortable response to the euthanasia issue; I was too engrossed to the topic that looking and feeling how I felt about it was temporarily overshadowed.

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So, should one avoid such kinds of themes when writing essays? No. If you can help it, work against that uncomfortable feeling. Find a technique that should render the almost-impossible feat, possible. If reading can’t give you the remedy, try discussing it with friends.

Besides, wouldn’t it be cool to have written about something you passionately hate or abhor? No one can deny it; in my case, it felt good to have encountered euthanasia as a theme.