Is Using Your Influence Okay?

I don’t subscribe to many lists or feeds.  One of the exceptions is writer Rachael Herron.  She recently sent her subscribers a “political” email and had to weather the fallout.  Often the advice writers, bloggers, etc. receive is to avoid all controversial topics, especially politics, when contacting subscribers.  However, she threw off her embarrassment and chagrin and offered these quotes as part of her own conclusion.

“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” – Toni Morrison

“Writers, especially when they act in a body and with one direction, have great influence on the public mind.” – Edmund Burke

“I’d almost forgotten my artistry while wasting time worrying about irritating people who wouldn’t get an invite to my hot tub party (if I had a hot tub).  I’m a writer.  Writers write. They convince. They motivate. They speak their minds and their hearts, even when they’re scared.” – Rachael Herron