On Being an Author

Storytelling is innate. 

Creativity is innate as well.

Emotions and thoughts are innate.

You are not pulling anything out of thin air.

However, authors must gone the innate. Inhibitions hinder you as do mimicry and rote memorization.

To be an author means you must be a scientific anarchist detective magician.

You must experiment as you gain real-life experience. You must observe as you disavow sophistry. The confirmation bias must be out of your thinking process. You must be brave and sensitive as you try to solve problems.

And you create figments to entertain others.

There is a difference between being a writer and being an author. A writer is a crafter who sticks to basics without taking risks. There is no true innovation. You stick to the formula and that’s it. You can produce interesting stories, but content is your primary focus to fulfil a need. You need blinders to follow and focus on a single path and you don’t stray from the map.

The author, on the other hand, is the artist.

This person is the risk-taking visionary who turns over the rules. Content is important, but structure is the focus. Your creativity is not based on making do with confines, but tearing them down and showing what the world is missing by thinking those confines are some sort of benevolent fortress saving them from having to engage in creative and active thinking. You need no map because you explore uncharted territory. 

You need no validation. You find new ways to tell stories and climb as high as you can go.

For too long, women were rewarded by being literary crafters, and not literary artists who have outrageous masterworks to unleash on the world. Stick with the Patriarchal and you just might get a pat on the head for coming up with a new twist on old recipes.

You could play around with content, but don’t dare to dream about reinventing the discipline.

It is time to create masterworks in literature, and ones that deviate from the Patriarchal.