Have any of you ever written something--a story, an article, a lyric, a script, a poem, an aphorism, a whole book--that you were afraid would get you ostracized from one of your communities? (Apologies if this question is a rehash; I'm fairly new.)
If so, did you go through with putting it out there anyway? What was the result? Or did you capitulate to the fear?
I ask because I belong to an online, international community centered on a niche-interest blog for which I sometimes write, and the novel I'm self-publishing at the end of this month is almost certain to get me guillotined, gulagged, etc. On the one hand, I'm afraid to lose the support of my only readership. On the other, I'm so tired of their ceaseless leftward drift into intolerance, group-think, and general Bolshevism that I am ready to be tossed out. I'm alternately excited or terrified from one second to the next.
Any insight or advice would be greatly appreciated.