Someone needs to express your truth. Why not you?
Sort of a sexist comment, huh?
Regardless, I’ll simply incorporate “or she” within the second sentence of the quote and we’ll go from there.
Honesty holds no sway to sex.
This recent post incorporates my resolute opinion that all writers must seek and tell the truth — their truth — in their writing:
It’s Time to Forgive “Hanoi Jane”
Her actions since have called attention to pressing social issues, as opposed to the need for a career boost.
It is the only way to make a difference.
Here are several other personal examples of Medium articles which exemplify, for me personally, an ongoing, larger quest for challenging long-held perspectives, repercussions be damned:
Is This the Most Important Moment in Mainstream Movie History?
Read on. I just may be serious.
You’re a Racist If…
Why the most well-meaning among us tend to be ignorant about our cultural differences.
In the Face of Global Anti-Semitism, Jews Must Never Hide
Self-preservation and passivity are mutually exclusive.
As a Guy, If I Too Write Honestly About Blowjobs, Masturbation and Anal Sex, Am I Bold or Deviant?
The following is NSFW, and written as a response to the plethora of sex articles and fictional erotica written by women…
And, perhaps my most controversial recent post of all …
Here’s the Problem: Donald Trump Has Passed into Legend
Our current U.S. President has already been immortalized as an American antihero and martyr, regardless of impeachment…
Did I just promote myself on Medium, in a quest to receive more exposure for some of the above?
I just promoted myself on Medium in a quest to receive more exposure for all of the above.
So here’s another reality bomb for my readers here, which doubles as a suggestion to the writers reading these words:
You will not be trusted by readers, and you will have a short shelf-life as a writer, if you lie to those who patronize your work.
If you write fiction, express yourself honestly within your creation(s).
Words can change the world for the better, and yet words are also dangerous.
Yes, Salman Rushdie’s words in “The Satanic Verses” were considered so dangerous, he had a fatwa issued against him.
The Satanic Verses controversy
The Satanic Verses controversy, also known as the Rushdie Affair, was the heated and frequently violent reaction of…
Here’s my honest take on that matter. First-responders (cops, paramedics, firefighters) and our military risk their lives daily.
Most of us pound keys, and Rushdie’s was a rare circumstance.
It’s a hell of a thing — and the odds against it happening are, thankfully, statistically highly favorable — but the truth is throughout history writers and other artists have been censored or, in extreme circumstances, permanently silenced.
But please, if you are going to worry about it, you are in the wrong business.
Try to make a difference in this world with your words, or don’t.
Become a first-responder or join the military … or don’t.
I cannot find it within myself to stress winning the Lotto either. The comparison is if it were to happen and I don’t drop dead of heart failure (dark humor; heart issues run in my family), I’d handle it then.
To conclude …
Thank you for reading this short but sincere piece and always remember, real writers have responsibilities and words are weapons.
Be smart, not reckless, and yet always express yourself honestly.
This effort is only a juggling act if you allow it to be.
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