Being a writer can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. It can mean you’re a student, an artist, a professor, or just someone trying to get their opinion and dreams onto paper. For me, it’s a way to escape and live a life I will never live, make a controversial opinion to shock readers about the unethical ways to solve a problem which will (hopefully) prompt them to come up with their own solutions to the scenarios I pose. No matter the reason, writing is expressive art.
There is so much pressure for an author to be original and entertaining in today’s society (read more at our earlier blog Originality vs Clichés), but what is easy to forget is that authors are just as much readers as anyone else. The only difference between the two really is that one chooses to share their visions whereas the other thrives off someone else’s character.
Authors are brave characters themselves. If one were to truly think about what writing means to an author, they’d come to the conclusion that it’s therapeutic – authors let out parts of their personality to create something to share with the world, which is a big step for anyone whether it’s on the internet or in real life. Every book, every blog, every comment, they are all like a child to its writer.
Which is why I choose to bring up a particular note – everyone has the right to dislike a book or opinion, but you must also remember that no matter how bad or boring it is, someone chose to create it because they felt confident enough to share it with the world. Every author has their enemies, and critics are only just a few of them; if anything the main enemies writers have are the common public because, let’s be real, people tend to make a judgment on anything and everything.
I can only hope to encourage people to keep writing with each blog I post, no matter what people say about their works and what little belief they have in its success. To become an author is to sustain the power of great responsibility over future generations. Authors have the ability to change lives and mindsets, they have the ability to plant controversial seeds without pushing their boundaries. They can lead artistic movements and, if they really wanted to, revolutionise the world – there’s no limit to the power of words. The only thing holding them back, and probably you as well, is the amount of faith in themselves.
But really, take the leap. There’s nothing worse than living in fear of the people around you and the judgment they are going to try and put on you because you created something different. My advice to every author is to surround yourself with people who are knowledgeable enough to guide you, and supportive enough to hang around for a while. Tick those boxes, and you can do no wrong.
And that’s my promise, from one writer to another.