Authenticity

I must have either read somewhere or attended a webinar where I learnt that as a creator, your work must give a particular feel, so anyone reading it will be able to know it’s yours. Well, you know me, I started searching for my authenticity.

So when I began my search, I’d send my works to people and they’d be like, “it’s really boring, maybe you should try something else”. And I was hurt, the only people who were interested in reading my blogs were my dad and my mom. They were literally calling up everyone to read my stories, God bless them, but that’s not the point here. I felt like I was a charity case, no one really wanted to read some sad stories and I’d write out stories and delete them because, “no one will read them anyway”. I felt like I was losing the thing I really loved, Writing.

Without being close to me, you’d know that Chimamanda is definitely one of my favourite persons and she is so influential, people from all over the world read her works and she is largely recognized. Purple Hibiscus is my favourite book and I’ve read it a gazillion times.

One day, after getting another reply and comment on my “sad stories”, I had an idea. I decided to start copying Chimamanda’s writing style and writing just like her. I completed a short story and sent it to a friend of mine who is a really wonderful person, and immediately she read it, she said and I quote, “This is exactly something Chimamanda would write”. I was honoured, really happy, for my work to be compared to Chimamanda’s? I was on cloud nine.

Later that day, I was about to submit the story for a publication (if my story eventually gets published I’d share more details) when the words she said kept repeating in my mind. I then realized that it wasn’t a compliment, it was more like a congratulatory message on my leaving myself and picking up another. I realized then and there that as a creator, you have to be true to yourself, and that one day the people who will appreciate your work will come. That evening, I edited one of my “sad stories” and sent that instead for publication. I was, and still am a bit scared that the editors and publishers would find it boring, but whatever happens, I know that I remained true to myself.

Published by AderemiChukwu

I love writing, I'm an equalist and a strong promoter of egalitarianism and Feminism. I hope to touch lives and make an impact in this world. I'm the next big thing.❤

4 thoughts on “Authenticity

  1. Yeah, this is relatable. As a writer, you have find your audience and take constructive criticism and praises from your audience, not just every reader💜😽

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  2. Remi has started giving us🤩🤩🤩

    I agree with you on this, infact I see your perspective clearly. Authenticity is something I realized everyone struggled with. If I have a mentor, just the same way you have chimamanda, I would want to be just like that person. This happens often.
    What most people forget is that every human is unique and we should take good bits from the mentors we have while maintaining that originality that is already in us.
    We find it hard to define who we are sometimes. It’s okay.
    Discovering one’s authenticity doesn’t happen in a day, it takes a lot to do that because we keep editing, modifying until we get that unique feel of ours.
    You took the techniques of your fave’s writing and you made it yours. Now it is Aderemi’s writing.
    I had this problem too, not only in writing. I wanted to be like this and that until i figured that I can be better than who and what I wanted to be.
    I pray everyone discovers this because it is necessary.
    A great read👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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