Indie Authors and Controversial Posts – Should You? Should You Not?

If you are uncertain able whether you should write ‘it’, whatever that might be, please read this.

The PBS Blog


I think it boils down to why you write in the first place.

I understand why people propose you don’t post about super controversial topics but at the same time, I don’t.

I don’t because I think about what it means to be a writer. For me, this is not a job. It’s much more.

I know most people don’t take blogs and bloggers seriously. But when it comes to writing, it’s not like the 9-5 you go to every day where there are rules, regulations, and guidelines you must live by. Let me put this into perspective.

I am a part-time teacher as well as an author. I know what it means to go into a place that already has a set standard and to clock in and out.

I blog and I write books but when I am not doing this, I am teaching.

To teach, you have…

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6 thoughts on “Indie Authors and Controversial Posts – Should You? Should You Not?

  1. I have a “problem” with that article, Roger. The emphasis on speaking ‘the truth’. I have a problem with ‘the truth’ because honestly if everything isn’t ‘the truth’ in its own way then nothing is. Another one of those “unexamined” terms we so overuse, we’ve worn it out, esp. now in Internet days. There is no such thing as ‘truth’ that I couldn’t counter with another truth. If, however, we switched from that term to ‘reality’ then that would make sense, at least for a time. You see, ‘truth’ can exist without any proof, and with all the fake news and conspiracy theories and DT’s tweets, we’ve been made well aware of that. Reality on the other hand is its own proof, or as someone said, ‘a thing is what it is and it isn’t something else.’ When it comes to ‘truth’ that can always be made into something else by any half-assed rhetorician.

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    • I try to avoid quotes, they often suggest a person is not thinking for themselves. However in this case I use one as evidence…
      “If I lose readers for being real. If I lose readers because they cannot stomach the truth I have to offer. If I lose readers because they do not agree with me, then they were not my readers, to begin with. ”
      The crux of Yecheilyah’s argument is to encourage writers to get out there and not worry about feedback. Now we know that the demagogue writer doesn’t care about any criticism because they are appealing to lesser instincts and thus can push the right buttons.
      In this case Yecheilyah is urging on the more ‘nervous’ & ‘modest’ to put forth their views. These folk by their natures tend to have points of view worth discussing but are uncertain if they can carry it off.
      ‘This is why I believe she has used the words ‘the truth I have to offer’ while expecting it to be rejected by some. Whereas your demagogue and their acolytes will have an initial response of hurling abuse at anyone who disagrees.
      Quite different y’see.


      • I like quotes, they make me think deeper about a subject. I like linking the quote to the writer’s own experiences and seeing how it morphs when taken out of context or juxtaposed against other “truths” – and there’s the rub: the word, the concept, we call truth. If I’ve learned one thing from interaction with the public, from politics and evangelical religion, it’s that there is no such thing as ‘the truth’; that one person’s truth is another’s lie. A charismatic demagogue will have crowds accepting ‘truth’ they’d never heard or thought existed. But OK, if this article is really talking about expressing one’s own “truth” without fear of contradiction, then it doesn’t matter because what is being talked about isn’t ‘the truth’ but some aspect of truth. “Believe all things, believe in nothing” is definitely one of the best maxims I was ever introduced to. I enjoy it when people vehemently disagree with me, it’s a challenge to express myself differently, until I realize the interlocutor is not interested in what I’m saying but only in using my platform to push her/his own views. Then I let the argument end in a quiet, venerable and well-deserved death.
        “Writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers.” — Charles Bukowski

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      • Hi Sha’ Tara
        The important issue here is for folk who are nervous of being the subject of sneers, by-the-book-snark and envy masking of as some of lit crti. to appreciate they are above this and write what they wish to write.
        Many are limited by fear of the weight of ignorance which permeates the various social media and internet sights and so there is censorship by conformity. Of course there are ‘safe’ kinds of outrageous works:
        Such as preaching to your own fan base
        Such as being one of the fan base who supporters a preacher
        Such as writing soft-porn fantasy like the ‘Grey’ books.
        And jumping on the latest trendy band-wagon


  2. Hi Gwin. I hope this message reaches you, because WP lost yours as soon as I started to read it. Thanks so much for your kind comments. It’s great to be able to chat and I’ve always enjoyed your blog with its enthusiasm and bright images
    Hope you had a good Christmas and all the very best for the New Year.
    Roger & Sheila


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