Writers hold these freedoms to be self evident.

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WE ARE A NATION of freedoms.

And I fear we take so many of them for granted.

We celebrate July 4.

We revere Independence Day.

And as writers, we have the greatest freedoms of all.

We can write when we want.

We can write where we want.

We can write about who we want?

We can write about anything we want.

And nobody muzzles us, although at times we should muzzle ourselves.

Is it controversial?

No problem.

Controversy sells.

Is it too mysterious?

No problem.

Mysteries sell.

Is it too sexy?

No problem.

Sex sells.

Is the story laced with profanity?

No problem.

A lot of people love reading four letter words.

Smaller vocabulary.

Quicker reads.

Is the story out of this world?

No problem.

Science fiction sells.

Are there dragons and dinosaurs and a wizard or two?

No problem.

Our bookshelves are filled with fantasy.

So are our minds.

That’s how this business called writing gets started anyway.

Do we cherish red?

We do.

How about white?

We love it like life itself.

And blue?

We’re always dreaming about the wild blue yonder, looking for it, and never quite finding it.

Those are the colors that make America the nation it is.

We stand tall when we see the colors.

We salute the colors.

We are proud of the red, white, and blue.

But when we read, we often read grey.

All fifty shades of it.

That’s what freedom is all about.

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