FREEDOM OF SPEECH is integral to a progressive planet. Those of you who write, and by extension those of you who blog, exercise that right every time you express an opinion, even in fictional contexts. Freedom to express yourself in that respect should never be squashed. Likewise, those who express horrendously outdated ideas should be allowed to say what they want. They quickly become ridiculed by anyone with a sense of perspective and humanity.
But sometimes we can be our own worst censor. A great piece of advice is to get out of that head space if at all able: everything is possible. Your distant relatives or someone you hated from school doesn’t get to dictate your words (e.g.). Brett Easton Ellis famous for the exceptional American Psycho has a great quote in regard to self-censorship:
“Censoring yourself as a writer because you’re afraid you’re gonna’ offend an audience…um…I’ve said this before, if you’re going to do audience testing before you write a novel to see what’s going to upset people, what’s not, who’s too sensitive for this, who’s too sensitive for that, um, who can take this…I dunno…you might as well be in advertising.”
If you have a spare fifty minutes the documentary Forbidden Reading is an excellent watch showing the darker side of countries and societies less tolerant than Scotland’s and perhaps where you live, detailing how tough life is for those who want to express their opinion, past and present, with some authors living in witness protection. All for daring to write.