Happy Monday, everyone! Is there really such a thing as a “happy” Monday? Regardless, this post by Kimberly A. McKenzie-Klemm is sure to brighten your day. Please enjoy her thoughts on the right to write.
Take it from here, Kimberly!
With the writing industry asking questions about Indie authorship, self-publishing, and on-line social media use, I think we (as writers) should consider our answer about why we have the right to write. As a relatively new novel author, a few friends of mine told me that it was “nice” that I had finished my first book but that having a book in print did not mean that anyone would read my work. Possibly, this is the most discouraging type of comment a new book author could have in response to achieving publication. Many reasons exist for traditional publishers and academicians going into battle with the current state of the writing community. Among those reasons are variations on the theme that writers should be carefully “chosen” by those placed in industry and scholarly pursuits to validate that the writing is “worthy” of a readership. It is a difficult endeavor to find support for better books written by relatively “unheard of” new writers without large marketing budgets.
On another note, there are people (not writers) whom assume it is the case that if someone understands the language and can put sentences together that individual could write as well as anyone else and that is all a writer’s craft is worth. I find that it is important, as a writer, to establish the reasons that writing is valid, professional, and print-worthy. I have found three personal characteristics that writers can cling to when facing up to their own validity:
1. It has been said many times that “Writers write”. True to the nature of a writer’s craft, a writer’s style, voice, and ease with different formats will develop strength over time. If a writer is a serious writer, not just someone “trying to write” for a time, a writer will endure in the act of writing.
2. Writers do not work in a vacuum. If a writer cannot speak about his or her work, defend his or her words, or is ashamed to release in public written works, then a writer has not established validity under personal commitment to the actual products of the writer’s pen.
3. Writers work on their written words. A valid writer does not toss off sentences without putting it effort over the style, format, and revising and editing needed to showcase the intentions of the writing to the best of a writers capabilities and choices. Writers that do not have knowledge about the writing craft and art of the pen cannot validate their choices on the pages.
Other ideas over the right to write exist in the writing industry, but writing takes self-reliance to some degree and it is important for writers to have some form of personal viability to stand up against detractors from the writing craft. I find that doubt about the “reality” of writing disappears with every word on every page. Writers will not fail to remain as long as reading and writing continues to be a part of the civilized world.
Kimberly A, McKenzie-Klemm was born in 1970 on Williams Air Force base in Arizona to Robert Klemm and Casandra McKenzie. The passion for writing has been with her life-long and she has been employed in the technical writing field across industries for ten years. Starting in poetry in her early twenties, Kimberly has written and published short stories and poems and authored three books: The Rest Room, The Dream of Keriye and Growing Past. She holds a B.S. in Business Management.
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Happy Monday, all!