You’re an established writer. You have been for years. You’ve made a living by having polarized opinions, stepping on toes and disagreeing with the government to fight for what’s right. You are also incredibly calm, mild-mannered and hate pushing people’s buttons.
According to Nicholas Kristof, opinion editorialist for The New York Times, one of the most difficult aspects of his writing process is the fact the he is nothing like the way he writes. Although he fights for human rights issues on the daily, he tends to be fairly even-tempered and not strongly opinionated in his personal life, stating he “tends to live in the gray.” However, one thing that makes his job easy is the fact that according to him, there are certain issues that are strictly black and white. There are certain situations that require direct responses, and those are the situations on which he chooses to act.
Does this make him a fraud in the business? I think not, but others may disagree. I don’t think you need to be a volatile person to compose polarizing pieces. There is a difference between being passionate and being hot-blooded. Thoughts?