A Writer’s Duty
William Faulkner's Nobel Prize speech revealed to all who have witnessed or read it, the many duties of a writer. The most significant point that he made, to me, was that a writer's duty is to connect. That includes both connecting with their audience, and other writers. Writers have the ability to put something out into the world that no one has ever said or heard before, yet something that speaks to the soul and relates to the heart. Engaging the audience is the duty and purpose of a writer.
One really significant duty of a writer is originality. They have to produce something that is completely new to this world, and not conform to other writer’s styles. As William Blake once said, “I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare; My business is to create.” Originality is the trademark of each writer, it’s their image, it’s their personality. Or more so, it’s the allowance of portraying their personality on paper. Willingness to have originality is necessary to be a great writer.
A writer is to have no limits. By this, I mean that there are not to restrain their thoughts, motives, and insight from the world. There is no “comfort zone”, whatever walls that may exist they tear them down. Whatever barrier that may stand between the human heart and the world, it is there duty to break through that barrier. That’s how strong their voice has to be, loud enough for the heart to hear, and strong enough for the soul to relate. How can they do either of those things by practicing restraint, or keeping themselves below standards so they will not cross the line. True writers do not see a line to cross, and if they do, they make it their mission to cross it. Writers can be outrageous, they can be eccentric. If they were to set limits for themselves, then they would not be able to relate to their audience. For example, Dave Berry is a writer that has no limits. He is not scared to say what...
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