Are you an honest writer? Let us pose that question in another way. Do you write honestly? Let us simplify it again. Do you write exactly what you want to write?
Almost every writer wants to write what comes to his or her mind, but then reality dawns on them and out comes the conscious sieve which adulterates what you eventually write. Most writers feel compelled to be politically correct, morally acceptable, to dilute their words or to tone down certain extremes. Writers do this just to appease certain people. There is a fear of being physically harmed by the fringes, criticism from the nonviolent and also the risk of getting rejected by the publishers if something is too controversial, even if it is true.
Every Writing Can Be Dangerous
You write about a homosexual relationship and conservatives would get offended. You write honestly about the sociopolitical circumstances and those at the receiving end would be offended. You write about one religion and those practicing other religion will call it propaganda. You criticize the policies of your own country and you may not be called a patriot, ever again.
Writing itself is not dangerous at all. It is how the people react to what you have written that makes it dangerous. Controversies are never created by writers. They are almost always a byproduct of the truth that an author has written. Albeit, there are some writers who want to fuel a controversy so they can sell more copies.
Write What You Want, The Rest Is Beyond Your Control
As a writer, you have to write what you want. You have to believe in something to pen down a hundred thousand words. You cannot just mechanically or robotically come up with original writing running into four hundred pages without having any drive. That drive will be lacking if you are not true to yourself. Don’t try to control the fallout of your writing. In any case, it is beyond your control.
Can you control the reviews you get on various websites? Can you control how certain demographics would react to your writing? Can you determine who would like your book and who wouldn’t?
When you cannot control anything other than your writing, you shouldn’t really allow others to control what is exclusively your domain. Write what you want. There is no greater reward. If that gets you financial rewards and fame, then there is little else better.
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