The Author of my Words

I asked myself this question early in my writing career. Am I an author? My words were my own and just beginning to take shape; I hadn’t shared them yet with the reading world. My stories were waiting to be released in both a digital and physical storefront. Years later and after publishing two fantasy novels and two romantic fiction books, I think the answer is obvious to anyone that writes anything. Whether words are shared through social media or book-reading platforms… Yes. You’re an author.

That’s a startling revelation to me now, that I am and always have been the author of my own words. But I didn’t feel like an author until I had physically published my first book. (The Scarlett Mark) Admittedly, I had yet to earn the respect of being a published author.

We live in an interesting period. Given the advent of social media, I often feel muzzled and judged by the new society that frequent social media platforms. So I’m careful about what I share, conscious of the words I write, not wanting to offend my readers. Paint those with bold opinions as trolls if it makes you feel better, I know they’re real people. Authors of their words, words that could potentially harm my writing career, maybe yours, too.

I think we live in an interesting period where respect is sometimes lacking. Perhaps it’s wiser to share opinions carefully, at least in the non-fiction social world. What more can an author say? I’ll keep to my fiction, so say I, the author of my words.

 

4 thoughts on “The Author of my Words

  1. RedheadedBooklover

    Hi there! I never normally do this but I had to comment and tell you how much I adore your blog! I just came across it now and I am so happy I have, it is so wonderful and you truly have a great blog. I am going to follow you so I can keep up to date with all of your latest posts. Keep up the great work!

  2. tajsioco

    i really like your story and i think you are the author who can help me in making a project in my school which is making a book , well i couldn’t decide which genre should i choose and obviously the title also, please help me to decide ..hoping for your response ☺

    1. shelleykassian

      Hi Tajsioco,

      Thank you for liking my story. It’s a lot of work creating a book, but if you have a desire to do so, you absolutely can. Choose the genre that you’re passionate about. Maybe the genre that you currently read. Titles are personal to author’s and take some time to discover. I don’t usually have a title for a book at the beginning of my stories, so don’t stress about that right now. Just sit down at your computer, or with a pen and paper, and write.

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