Do we own what we write?

Who owns writing?

Legally, authors are the owners of their creation, film makers are who get the credit for what goes on screen.

Writing is more than just what’s on the page, however. Writing is also the spokesperson for not only an author’s imagination, but also a reader’s imagination. What I aim to impose upon you today is the idea that no one owns any piece of writing, whether it’s history, a thesis idea, a narrative, or even a character.

One thing I have brought up before is that writing is more than just words on a page. Every reader has their own version of a narrative, because everyone’s imagination is different – this is the difference between the written word and film; film provides the imagination, whereas writing gives us the freedom to see things how we want.

In terms of more factual pieces of writing, such as history and thesis ideas, perspective of an author is what unfortunately forces the writing to lose objectivity. However, no reader is forced to agree or disagree with the authors, hence why the reader is also an owner of the writing – they input their own perspective, context, and beliefs into what’s being told to them.

Perhaps my point therefore is that because of everyone’s own subjective perspective, not only is there no objectivity in the world, but there is no one way of telling a story, even if there is only one written version of it. The way we think, observe, and conclude about everything is the reason why we cannot have one sole owner over something.

As much as that makes me very protective and unhappy with how viewers understand my blogs, reviews, and stories, it is the harsh reality. What you take away from my words doesn’t necessarily have to be exactly what I say, or even close to the point I think I’m trying to make. I can hate it all I want, but there is only so much I can do, same with copywriting. Copywriting can indeed give an author ownership of a book, but not ownership of an idea. Any author can take from another and twist it into their own world for their particular audience – does it make it right? Perhaps not; it definitely doesn’t make their work original.

I find that the audience actually determines what most writers write – you are the people who can put us out of business or excel us to popularity. As much as I hate to enslave authors, as I myself am one, we are bound to either give the audience what they want, or provide something so over-the-top and controversial that people begin to talk about it.

Is it right?

How do our morals play with this?

Do writers ever get the freedom they want?

Do we ever get to own what we create?

These are questions I impose upon you because from what I’ve said you should be able to determine your own answer and your own method in responding to it, because such is life. Everyone has an opinion on anything, everyone in the end makes their own decisions.

I know this for sure. Nobody really owns anything, not even our writing.


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