Respect the Art and the Artist
Imagine baring your soul to the World Wide Web only to wake up from a nap and find it's been copied, pasted and shared without any trace of it ever being yours.
I started my writing journey as a spoken word artist so understand, I know the struggles of theft.
It's seems like since I started my blog last year, things have gotten a little more interesting.
Do you know how important my words are to me?
How much time goes into me making sure what I say is written in a way that will be received by my audience.
I am only considered a content creator because this is the world we’re in now labels me.
BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE - I AM A WRITER!
I WRITE MY TRUTH AND THE TRUTH THAT OTHER PEOPLE TRUST ME WITH.
I showcase the beauty that lies in emptiness, pain, and sorrow.
I amplify happiness and excitement with my words.
I give anger and frustration new purpose.
I create center stage narratives from background noise.
Know that I am here to say, I love that you guys appreciate my work.
That fact that my words resonate with you on some level brings me joy like you could never image.
However, please do not copy and paste my journey.
Please do not steal my words as pass them off as your own.
These are my stories crafted from my words; my creativity, my heartache, my numbness.
If that heartache and numbness is also yours and you want to share it;
I ask that you honor the fact that it is my vulnerability you’re resonating with.
It took a lot out of me to sit down with whatever emotions I decide to let out.
The tears I cried to get me to be comfortable enough to reflect on the tragic loss of Cheslie (2019 Miss USA) through lens of suicide was a hard thing to do..
The tears lasted for hours and the pain sent me to a crippling place that I had to remember wasn’t home.
I am only using this latest post because this one is fresh.
And if I'm being truthful; it hit a little different.
So please, do not steal what is mine and remove my name from it.
Basic respect would bring us to this.
And if thats one of the qualities you lack just channel Miss Erykah Badu who said it best:
I'm an artist...
AND IM SENSITIVE ABOUT MY SHIT.
If you're a writer and would like a place to kick it and write.
I've created a channel on Discord: Odyssey Writing Room