This time around, in the grammar section where King theorizes on why writers are drawn to adverbs, he said something that struck me. "I'm convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing."
His point was that when we write things like, "He closed the door firmly," we do so because we're afraid we haven't set the scene up well enough for it to blossom in the reader's mind without that word "firmly." We're afraid we aren't doing our job well enough.
But I think it's also true in other aspects of writing. Like when I pick a plot line that feels safer than the one that first excited me. Or when I want to talk about an issue ... but I think some readers might disapprove of it, might even give me a bad review on Amazon.
Today I challenge you—and me—to write without fear.