Within three hours, my column goes live online.
This time, I went political. The issue of censorship and stigmatization of a word that I don’t believe should be condemned motivated me.
I’ve never taken such a strong stand– and I’m a little nervous. People will disagree with me. How much, I can’t predict.
I had to get this idea and my draft approved by the managing editor–which has never happened before. That made me feel like a journalist.
But as a friend from j-school told me, “Tell the truth, and don’t be afraid.” So I did.
The controversy I wrote about was convoluted, spanning several days. There just wasn’t room within my word count to explain it all or give all the context I wanted, but I did my best to distill it in clear language, and still tell the story I needed. That in itself was a phenomenal challenge, I discovered.
But I dared to write it, and that’s all that matters.