I don’t know if I shared this post before. Of course, it’s not the best way to answer to fan/hate mail, but it does say something important about art and artists.
I write for myself and I’ll say anything I damn well please.
I believe this is true. Yeah, we all write for a lot of other reasons as well, or sometimes for no reason at all. Let’s say, just for fun, because we can. Like NaNoWriMo. But I also believe that it’s important to understand that writers ( or any other kind of artists) don’t have to listen to anyone.
I write what I want, when I want, and how I want. And I’ve been doing that for a long, long time. Simply put I don’t care if you don’t like it, or if you don’t agree with what I have to say.
Of course, you could say that when you ask people to pay for your art, they somehow own you. You have to deliver a quality product. But it’s not like that. They own that work of art, no doubt about it. And they can love it or hate it, they can understand what they want from it. They can write a review, they can tell all their friend to buy it or not, but they can’t tell you what to write.
I received a couple of comments from people who said they were afraid their writing was too dark. Or something like that. Art is what it has to be, there’s no way to go around this. If it’s dark, it’s dark, if it’s sexual, it’s sexual.
That’s a nice thing to remember, especially now with NaNoWriMo.
Write what you want because that’s the only way people are going to care. If you’re afraid what they might think, if you want to please everyone, odds are that you won’t please anyone.