Freedom to _____ (Fill in Your Own Blank)

By Kay Springsteen

 Happy Independence Day, for the Americans among us! Today is the day we celebrate the freedom of our country.

Let’s take a moment to consider what the hard-won freedom we enjoy means to us as writers and readers of romance. We have the freedom of speech. Simply put, this is the freedom to speak freely—to say anything, without censorship—without fear of legal repercussion.  Freedom of expression is usually synonymous with the term freedom of speech, and includes not only verbal speech but any act of imparting ideas or information, regardless of the process used, including the written word. Of course, even this basic freedom is limited by the threat of lawsuits if we speak or write libelously. However, in terms of writing fiction, we are free to put pen to paper, or tap onto our keyboard, and say anything we want. We can tell our stories our way. To some, this may mean writing a hot and steamy sex scene. To others, it may mean writing a sweet story without any sex. Some people may find meaning in the fact that they are able to write an interracial romance, or a gay romance. Whatever freedom of speech means to you and what you write or read, take a moment to thank our Founding Fathers for recognizing, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

As you celebrate your freedom on this July 4 holiday, please also take a moment to consider those who have, over the intervening time from the signing of the Declaration of Independence until now, given up their own rights, sometimes even their lives, that we might enjoy the freedoms afforded to us.  The members of our military:  Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. If not for the sacrifices of our military and their families, we would not have freedom of anything. Freedom isn’t free. The next time you tap out a scene of any kind in your current story, or crack a book of your choice, remember we could easily live in a country where such things are not allowed.

Have a safe and free and happy Independence Day! Happy (and free) writing!


9 responses to “Freedom to _____ (Fill in Your Own Blank)

  1. Great post, Kay! So important to remember and be grateful for the rights we have here. I’d like to add the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them! After all, I do that daily. Happy fourth!

  2. Beautiful! I am remembering our Military branches today! Fireworks have been banned here because of the drought. In all honesty, they are the ones who deserve the most freedom and afford less. Have a great day, Kay. Thank you!

  3. Fantastic blog, Kate. I’m so glad you remembered our troops. One other group you might add is those who work in covert ops such as the CIA and others.

  4. Sandy – you’re absolutely right! All law enforcement branches, from the local animal warden to the deepest undercover agent of the “lettered” agencies – what they do for us makes our lives better, sometimes at great risk and definitely a lot of discomfort.

  5. I thank anyone and everyone who fights and stands for the freedom we have and to say..FIGHT to keep it. I feel another freedom we should have is to read whatever book we want to..just because some one does not like a genre they should not look down on those who does. There has been so much written and said about books that some feel are NOT DECENT to read and are knocking the authors around. Come on it’s a freedom to write, say and do what we want as long as no one is hurt and nothing is damaged. Reading should be a freedom. susan Leech

  6. Happy Fourth of July to my American friends.

  7. So glad you emphasize our American Military heroes in your books, Kay! Happy 4th to you, too. 🙂

  8. Our freedom to write and do anything is a testament to those that fight to keep us “free”. From the signers of the Declaration of Independence to our military today, many thanks need to be expressed. Without such dedication we’d never enjoy all the freedom we have today.

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