There is something to be said about being afraid to speak up. For many people, it is a matter of not rubbing certain folks the wrong way or looking bad in the eyes of people. For others, it is a matter of just not caring enough to say a word; saving their cares for their own lives.
As a writer, you have to find your voice.
For some writers it’s an easy task and for others it is quite difficult. Some mimic the voices of other writers in an effort to play it safe. And some carve their own path with the hopes that people will respect them for it.
In A Handbook for the Productive Writer, Bryan Collins writes, “When you write, take a stance. Have an opinion and pick a fight.”
“Be a heretic,” says Rob Booker, “The secret of heretic-ship is simple. Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there.” (From Build a Tribe, Not a Business)
“Swing Your Slingshot”, Mary Fernandez states, “Creating an us versus them scenario builds solidarity and brings your tribe closer to you.” (From 9 Surefire Strategies for Standing Out in a Sea of Sameness)
If we’re going to do great work, it means that some people aren’t going to like it. ~Seth Godin (From Is Everyone Entitled to Their Opinion)
Many writers will tell you that being yourself is the best type of writer you can be. Having the willingness to use your words in a way that will make people take notice is a gift.
Even if you are not a writer, being able to stand and say what others may be thinking takes strength and courage.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~Nelson Mandela
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. ~Helen Keller
He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. ~Muhammad Ali
Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. ~Paulo Coelho
These quotes and many others have inspired me in a way that I truly did not expect. There is always an apprehension when it comes to addressing particular subjects. I tend to rant and rave behind closed doors but never openly discuss what’s on my mind.
Then it happened.
I couldn’t sleep a little over a week ago, tossing and turning until my bed sheets were all over the place. Suddenly, I jumped up, grabbed my laptop and proceeded to type out what was keeping me awake.
The words flew out of me and onto the computer screen. Once done, I couldn’t have been more proud that I finally said some things I thought when no one was around.
For the next few days I took to editing and rewriting these strong feelings and emotions, molding them into just the right way. It took almost two weeks but ultimately it became the realest post I have ever written.
This post, which can be found on I Mean, Really Dude, is an open letter to many groups which have negative ideas. It is not with the intention to be malicious. It is, however, written with love and the hope that people will take heed.
One voice can change the world as long as it makes a sound. ~Trina Lynne