From Writer to Author
To believe in the Cause, builds a purpose that brings all into effect.
'To be or not to be', such is the soliloquy we use as our opening phrase; to place meaning on the word emphasis: that to be an Author, welcomes us to the literary stage.
How our 'conscience does make cowards' of us all, for to move beyond the life of a writer subjects us to such criticism that destroys or becomes our driving force - how we have a responsibility to move the reader towards a cliff edge moment, or one of passion that ignites; an article on adventure that abounds or a suspense that leaves a reverberation - the shockwaves of sound.
The allegiance that speaks of a legacy to write, how we carefully construct our words, how we Labour over the language to ensure it moves us beyond the current place in time. We put ourselves into a position of vulnerability, the accountability & ownership of our words, the message we are trying to release into a world, a fictional or non fictional space, that becomes the medium to want to educate, share, fantasise or simply create. To show through the prose such an emotion that will distort the perceptions & introduce an alternative view, or that will shatter those illusions & expose at will.
Gary Zukav's book, The Seat of the Soul, says it best:
'Every action, thought & feeling is motivated by an intention, and that intention is cause that exists as one with an effect. If we participate in the cause, it is not possible for us to not be a part of the effect. In this most profound way, we are held accountable for our every action, thought & feeling - albeit our every intention. It is therefore wise for us to become aware of the many intentions that inform our experience, to sort out which intentions produce which effects, & to choose our intentions according to the effects that we desire to produce'.
It is here at the transition station, from writer to Author, we are pulled up, do we continue our ticket to ride or allow self doubt to position us on a platform that grounds to a halt. The fear that we have invited the political prose police into our private world of alliteration, how we have released our very intimate thoughts into a public forum of hungry grammatical hippos, the bullies & critics that will pull us to pieces word for word. That is not forgetting the plethora of social search engines that will weave their own web of deceit, those fake profiles, broken links & virus implants, sculpted by a Doctors knife, designed by an I. T mind & embedded by the artful Educator as assessed by the Psychologist at hand. It is these cyber stalkers, haters & hackers who will take great pleasure in walking through your mind with dirty feet.
Our inner voice, that tells us we have a desire, perhaps even a need, to teach others through the medium that speaks of words, that structures sentences & or places lines of rhyme on a page, for which requires skillful workmanship to turn it into a masterful tool from which we are then capable of critiquing the work, as if a Teacher back at school. How we edit... proofread....dump..... remove adverbs......add more nouns...... convey the information..... tell a story; the search to bring back the words lost, to now be found.
As an Author we take the writing to a whole new level that leaves its readers with amazing pieces that capture a definitive image in the mind, lines on a page that have become an intricate part of the machinery that will analyze & review, process & evaluate on cue, & bring in a new frequency to unveil to the reader - the writers voice.
An Author must understand their audience well & move them through the province of such style that eliminates a choice of right or wrong, instead bringing in a contextualised language that activates interest & disrupts a usual thought.
An Author knows that it is their raw material from which the book is crafted..... but even more so that to truly master writing is to place literature into a publication that will endure & have the potential to effect lasting change.
For the exercise of developing oneself by means of writing, recognises the prime examples that are chosen & carefully construed as the selected passages; a language that gives way to a great philosophy of which is derived from experiences in time over a life.
Let it be your writing & mine that are the well versed craft, for what becomes the result of such painstaking, thoughtful, compassionate application of the pen. To poetically piece together the poignancy of prose & as an Author, make the Book into a real work of Art.
For so I have said: 'a promise & purpose that speaks of your intent, will always transition the writer (our child within) to step into the world of Authors (the profession of women & men) & demand we honor the code, to pack a powerful punch that resonates among our brethren.