Ownership

Oct. 11th, 2017 09:14 am
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There is a discussion going on today in one of the fandom groups about "constructive criticism" and one author replied that they believe that once you publish, ownership of the work is no longer solely the property of the author.

I disagree vehemently with this opinion. No matter whether you're a fanfiction author or are a original fiction author, publishing a story does not give ownership of your hard work and words to the reader. Yes, readers are your audience and a vital component to being a writer, but as an author, my stories, my words are my own. The amount of work put in to crafting a story, be it short or long, all comes from me, my time, and my devotion to creating a work that I ultimately want to read. Writing is very personal, very intimate, and yes, when you publish traditionally the end product (at least for a time) does belong to the publisher; however, the words written are still the authors words, my words.

Readers are wonderful, an audience to the intimate nature of the mind that is an author's work, but they ultimately do not and can not take ownership of an author's words.

Best, The Nut.

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