- The death of a protagonist's child, either on or off the page, because I don't think I could represent the depth of that agony and to either underplay or stick pins in the existing scars of readers is something I'm not going to do.
- Protagonists of another race or ethnicity, because I'm afraid I couldn't do it right and I'd rather not do it at all than insult someone with my own ignorance. This doesn't mean African-Americans and people from other countries have no place in my stories--it means I'm not going to push my own envelope far enough to leave paper cuts everywhere.
- Huge age differences between protagonists--because I can't relate.
- Friends betraying friends. While I think it's crazy that (many? most?) women expect more loyalty from their friends than from the men they love, I also think it's true.
- Stereotypes. Because they annoy me to the very depths of my soul. Let me add here that I try not to write stereotypes, but I do have a tendency toward beloved aunts who wear sandals and walk on the hilarious side of ornery.
It is something to think about, isn't it? Do you have things on your "not gonna do it" list? What are they?
Have a great week!