A Writer’s Constitution: The Right To Write, The Responsibilities Of Writers, And What It All Means

For thousands of years, humans have used living documents to unite in the cause of progress. Writers have written these documents down; now it’s time to create our own.

Emily Sinclair Montague

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As the pen is mightier than the sword, and as language is the power behind nations, ideologies, religions, cultures, and human endeavors, it falls to writers to wield their power morally and with respect.

This declaration is intended to unify the collective conscience of writers everywhere; to acknowledge their duties; to declare their rights; and to establish for all a future in which the written word remains sacred, dignified, and resolute.

Those writers who are dedicated to the causes of progress, prosperity, goodwill, and all of the values that guide the moral spirit are by their skill and talents endowed with certain unalienable duties — and by the gift of language bestowed upon them are possessed of certain undeniable rights.

We, as writers, are subjects of the human race, and it is incumbent upon all of us to acknowledge the flaws, biases, and lived realities that are included therein.

To write is to bring forth humanity’s greatest potentials. Therefore, our first duty is self-reflection so that we might know ourselves and the true nature of what we bring about. Only then can we increase the good and mitigate the harm our words might do in the world we share.

Our second duty is self-sacrifice, for the power of progress can only be unlocked when ego is made subject to truth.

In confronting our biases, we confront the darker parts of human nature, bringing them to light so that all of humanity might confront them.

In admitting our flaws and choosing to write beyond them, we give all people the power to strive toward improvement and empower them in their pursuit of happiness.

In some cases, we writers are even bound to risk our lives and well-being for the sake of our communities.

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Emily Sinclair Montague

Author & Full-Time Writer. Embracing life’s chaos one word at a time. Get in touch at emsinclair@wordsofafeather.net (or don’t, but I love the attention)!