"If 20 percent of the people aren't against you, then you're not going anyplace interesting, whether you're name is Martin Luther King Jr. or whether you're a dorky management guru [named Tom Peters]."
~ Dorky Management Guru Tom Peters
Creative expression is about risk-taking. It's about boarding the Starship Enterprise, taking off for parts unknown and going where no one has dared to go before.
When you do that, chances are that not everyone is going to like what you've written. Chances are someone is going to hate what you've written.
It's all right to offend people, to push people's buttons, to take them up to that ledge on which we, as artists, live...and then to give them a gentle nudge. Art is about pushing boundaries. It's about forcing people (including the artist) out of their comfort zone and inciting them to reexamine their beliefs and rediscover who they think they are. Sometimes, it's about getting people mad at you.
"You've got to go out on a limb," American humorist Will Rogers is reputed to have said, "because that's where the fruit is."
Where are you going out on a limb and taking risks with your writing? Where are you clinging to the tree trunk and playing it safe?
Where are you willing to get people riled up? Where are you holding yourself back for fear of being attacked?
Commit today to taking more risks, to going out on a limb. Commit today to letting yourself be judged...and letting it be okay.
Photo Credits: #1 Tom Peters by Allison Shirreffs; #2 Will Rogers from www.willrogers.org