Back in ye olde days, writers and artists were revolutionaries. They offended. They shook up the status quo. Why is that changing? Because anyone who doesn't like what you create - has a voice. And their voices are louder than the people who love what you're doing. (Why? Too much time on my hands for $200, Alec.)
Maybe you're newly trying to get your shit out there, but you're afraid to start. Afraid to offend. Fearful of finger-pointing and tar-and-feathering.
If your creative immune system has become weakened by an overgrowth of Snowflakes and sensitivity - don't worry, I have the perfect detox recipe! You don't have to bear the weight of strangers' psychological problems any longer!
I've also included some inspiring quotes below to get you fired up and help you reconnect with why you started writing or making art in the first place.
Quotes to Get You Fired Up and Inspired
“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” - Salman Rushdie
"I want people to leave the theater wrestling with the idea that our pain - physical, emotional, and spiritual pain - is more than just a condition that needs to be silenced, numbed, or 'fixed.'" - Karyn Kusama
“Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.” - Mark Twain
"Being an artist means not having to avert one’s eyes." - Akira Kurosawa
"When you're scared, when you're hanging on, when life is hurting you, then you're going to see what you're really made of." - Sylvester Stallone
“If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.” - Benjamin Franklin
“The most honest form of filmmaking is it to make a film for yourself.” - Peter Jackson
“[I]t's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.” - Judy Blume
“What cannot be said above all must not be silenced but written.” - Jacques Derrida
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” - Joseph Chilton Pearce
“People love a happy ending. So every episode, I will explain once again that I don't like people. And then Mal will shoot someone. Someone we like. And their puppy.” - Joss Whedon
"It’s pretty simple: you can’t fuck without a boner. You have to love what you do. If you don’t, you’ll lose interest part of the way through production. You don’t want to wake up early every morning for a year to work on a movie you don’t want to die for." - Del Toro
“Censors tend to do what only psychotics do -- they confuse reality with illusion.” - David Cronenberg
“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.” - Ray Bradbury
“When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world that you fear what he might say.” - George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
“If you can't say 'Fuck' you can't say, 'Fuck the government.'” - Lenny Bruce
“Don’t give people what they want, give them what they need.” - Joss Whedon
"The fact that social justice warriors are even more conservative than corporate culture is something to be mindful of." - Bret Easton Ellis
“When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen.” - Harley Davidson