noun. The idea that a writer cannot write about what they want for the fear of what people will think or say.
Is this a legitimate fear? Of course. But this is part of the process! In the words of Bishop T. D. Jakes, “You have to feel this fear (you have to acknowledge that it is there!) and do it anyway.” The book that you want to write is within you! The story you want to write is yours, and dependent on your own tenacity and talent!
The work that you create need to reflect exactly what you want to create and that cannot be tethered to the opinions of other people.
You are a writer–so write.
Your job is writing, the audience’s job is to read.
So…give them something to read.