posers of prose

i want to devote this post to one of my pet peeves
that’s been gnawing at me as of late. and that peeve
is…*mighty drum roll*…POSERS.

one of the things as a writer..as an artist…one
should hold dear is the idea of being true to oneself.
no one should ever try to be what they’re not anyway.
you’ll get nothing but hurt, and a big old bowl of
emptiness in the end. but it seems that nowadays,
to be a poser of sorts is the ‘in’ thing. it’s actually
celebrated. and someone you know, is either perpetrating
a fraud or helping someone do it. as it relates to
writing, i’ve always prided myself on who is true to
themselves and their craft and who is really just
selling a book of wolf tickets. because i’ve come
across a couple of people who will swear up and down,
‘oh yeah, i’m a writer!’ and then it turns out they
haven’t done much with their craft.

now i’m not saying that i’m expecting everyone to have
a novel, been published heavily, or gotten huge write-ups
in periodicals of the day. but i’m tired of coming
across the posers. those who copy other people’s work
and pretend it’s theirs. those who want to write only
because their half-assed celebrity awards them a book
deal and a ghostwriter to make them appear more ‘normal’.
the men and women who think that by sleeping with a
writer that they magically gain those skills by some
sort of transference through sex. enough with that

who am i to make such a statement? i’m someone who has
been writing since i was 8. i’m someone who has had the
power of the written word help me get to places some
would never had me see. i’m someone who had to use words
to fight, to love and to heal when i was too weak or too
weary to do those things on my own. i know what lies in
the power of my craft. and i would never belittle it by
such actions as i described above. if you’re reading this,
i believe you know how i feel. and if you’ve been doing
what i described above, KNOCK THAT S$#@ OFF and stop
being a poser of prose. you’re casting shadows on those
who shine brightly.

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