Essay: Great Writers Must be Provocative and Ruthless
Great writers are provocative and ruthless. When William Tell was young, Lord Xax put an apple on his head and blew it open with an arrow. Likewise, every writer should find their Lord Xax every time they are confronted by writer’s block or whenever they resort to ‘safe’ writing for fear of becoming irrelevant.
Being provocative and ruthless invites constructive criticism and sometimes even condemnation and denigration from the audiences. The cardinal rule here is that constructive criticism empowers the artist and as such, it is prudent to learn how to accommodate such criticism. Once your work is too safe, there will be little or no reaction from your audiences and as a result of this, a writer sinks into a grave known as a ‘comfort zone.’ In writing, no topic is too taboo; a good writer tells it as it is.