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Alex Conall, social justice bard ([personal profile] alexconall) wrote2015-03-14 12:40 pm

Write It Down (for the March [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam)

If it isn't written down,
it never happened.

If it is written down,
she didn't write it.
She wrote it but she shouldn't have written it.
She wrote it but look what she wrote about.
She wrote it but she only wrote one of it.
She wrote it but she isn't really an artist and it isn't really art.
She wrote it but she had help.
She wrote it but she's an anomaly.
She wrote it but
She wrote it but
She wrote it BUT

(with apologies to Joanna Russ)

If it isn't written down,
there is no way to prove it happened.

But remembering isn't enough.
(Recall that not all girls are permitted basic literacy.)
(Recall that J. K. Rowling published under initials
for fear that Joanne Rowling would not sell books.)
Write more.
Find ten minutes a day
no matter how rushed your life is
to set words to paper or to screen.
This is necessary,
this is vital.
Publish more.
You might not get credit
and you will not get acclaim
unless you are fantastically lucky.
You won't be lucky
but that doesn't matter.
Tell your story.
Tell all your stories.

No one can tell your story
but you.

Don't let them tell your story
for you.

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