Just kinda thinking out loud here (figuratively) -- I'm about 100 pages into my MS, and I'm about to start a section of my story where my two main characters steal a motorcycle from the bad guys and take off on a cross country adventure. I picture them on the motorcycle -- two dudes -- and it just doesn't gel for me.
Then I had a thought: "Hey, why not make the bad boy into a bad girl?"
The advantage: it would add a tantalizing new dimension to this character, not to mention bolster some authenticity issues I'm having with their relationship.
The problem: the 'new dimension' would look something like sexual tension.
I know it's supposed to be okay to be gritty and real. Teenagers deal with this kind of stuff everyday. I'm just not that comfortable writing about it cuz I can't get past the idea that it's akin to encouraging it. But on the other hand, I can feel it in the artsy/writey part of my heart -- it's what's right for this story.