WRITING TIP: Overthrow the taboos

freewritingFreewriting for your eyes only and keeping those writings hidden can be an important step toward developing the courage to speak dangerous things in public. “There is a great danger for the writer,” wrote Anais Nin, “perhaps the greatest one of all: his consciousness of the multiple taboos society has imposed on literature, and his inner censor.… It is surprising how well one writes if one thinks no one will read [the writing]. This honesty, this absence of posturing, is a most fecund source of material. The writer’s task is to overthrow the taboos rather than accept them.”