“If you expect to succeed as a writer, rudeness should be the second-to-least of your concerns. The least of all should be polite society and what it expects. If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Twenty years ago, a creative writing teacher told me my stuff was so bad, it reminded her of something Charles Bukowski would write. Well, I had heard of Bukowski, but never read his stories. One day, I was browsing in a local library, and ran across one of his books. On the first page I opened it to, was a poem entitled "Your Shit Don't Stink Until You Get In The Paris Review". Suddenly, I was flattered at having been compared to Bukowski!