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When Writing Gets Controversial

Justin Cox
Justin Cox
This Week In Writing, we explore the controversial origins of the bikini and how our writing can stoke controversy of its own.

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash
Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash
Today is National Bikini Day here in the United States, celebrating the invention of the two-piece bathing suit. While common today, the bikini’s origins were quite controversial. People thought it immodest and taboo. The name bikini was even taken from the Bikini Atoll where the U.S. tested nuclear weapons. Talk about controversial!
The origins of this iconic bathing suit bring interesting reflections into our writing. Things we create can be perceived as controversial, whether we intend them to be or not. We can’t completely control how others react to what we write. Instead, we writers must focus on creating our best work while listening to our muse and inspiration.
Granted, writing with the sole purpose of inciting controversy is a power that can be used for both good and evil. I encourage you always to use your writing to bring light into the world and help people see the world in new ways. We should do all we can to improve the world and those around us rather than intentionally inciting evil with our creations.
Is your writing controversial? Hit reply and let me know. I try to respond to as many emails as I can each week.
This Week's Featured Links
Why I Love (And Hate) Writing About Controversial Topics | by Zulie Rane | The Writing Cooperative
The Fascinating History of the Controversial Semicolon | by Melissa Gouty | The Writing Cooperative
A Controversial Perspective on Imposter Syndrome | by Emily Wilcox | The Writing Cooperative
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‘I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still’. Sylvia Plath.
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