Writers are inspired in many ways. Inspiration can take on a plethora of shapes and sizes. We know, that even something as simple as a quote or comment in conversation can set our brains clicking and before we know it a blog post, short story, or even possibly an entire novel is born. To know this is true is to simply take the time to read the acknowledgment page of any well-written book.
Writers also know that there are times when while it’s perfectly fine to use things like quotes or comments in conversation as our inspiration that we can’t always say from where they come. However, do those who inspire us have the right to tell us we may not use what has been said to us in any way, if they’re not identified? I think not.
A few days ago, I wrote a post called, I choose truth. That garnered a private comment from a reader. Said comment inspired me to write yesterday’s post, Only Myself Can I Judge, and this morning I woke up to an email from the reader who inspired that post asking me to no longer publicly respond to their comments by writing posts about them. My response? Well, you see that here.
I in no way identified the reader. They wrote me privately and so I left their name out of it. I did not use any part of their email to me, I in no way spoke about them at all other than to say that a reader’s comment had inspired me and I made a few comments about things they’d written to me about the writing of my first book, but even with that there was nothing said that would have let anyone know who they were. So, I felt their request was and is completely ridiculous. I stood there in the middle of my bedroom floor, my phone in my hand, having just gotten out of bed, with my mouth open in complete amazement.
I demanded, “Does this person have no clue about the art of writing, and inspiration? Would they write to the New York Times and say to them not to publicly respond to their reader’s comments by writing further columns as a result? What the hell?”
I stormed into the bathroom, took care of my morning necessary, splashed water into my face, ran a brush through my tangled hair, rinsed my mouth and then I quickly wrote the person back and advised them that this is my blog, and that as long as I don’t publicly name them or anyone else who writes privately to me I’ll write any damn thing I please, and anytime they don’t like it they’re welcome to go onto the website, find the unfollow link and unsubscribe.
Never have I encountered such arrogant behavior. It is evident this person doesn’t like having their opinions challenged in any way. It’s bad enough that they won’t come on and challenge me publicly, but to have the nerve to think they can dictate what I write, is incredibly Ludacris.
Until our current “acting” leader finds a way to do away with freedom of the press, I’ll write anything I wish, and take my inspiration from any source. I will always respect the wish for privacy expressed when someone writes me privately and will never name them but if you think I won’t use what I read from others as inspiration for further posts, you had best think again.
I’m furious at this person for their belief that they can control me or any other person who chooses to write due to what someone says, but I won’t be bullied.
What do you think readers? Have you ever been inspired by what someone wrote or said to you and written a blog post, short story, or maybe even started your next book? Sound off in the comment section if you dare, or drop me a line at: email@example.com
But, be advised, I may get inspired by what you say, and while I will never name you if you don’t wish, I may very well use that inspiration to write my next post.
Thank you for reading. May harmony find you, and blessid be.
PS. Thanks to you reader for your continued inspiration.