Not that long ago, I got a message from a reader, telling me, 'The difference between you and me Nicky, is that you deliberately set out to offend people, I don't.' The comment was sent in relation to this post.
What struck me was my reaction to this comment. Instead of being upset, I actually was quite elated, because my writing had brought about a reaction from one of my readers. As a writer, I think that is the highest form of compliment - a reaction, to my work. Good or bad my writing had made someone think and I find this exciting.
Today Jeff Goins in his series is asking us to -
'Listen: You need to quit screwing around. Stop playing it safe and provoke us, already.'
While I will never set out to deliberately offend anyone with my work, I am also accurately aware that I cannot please everyone. And, more importantly to try to please everyone would be to produce medocire work, something I never want to do.
At the moment I am working on a short biographical piece, that tells the personal story of a friend of mine. The subject matter has strong contrasts of darkness and light. I hope to be able to share it with you soon.
Do you think writer's should deliberately set out to offend their readers?
That's it for now ...
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