Art is the self-actualized level of expression. As Artists, writers must stand up for what they believe, and not apologize for their preferences in mode of communication.
One testament to the true nature of Writing as an Art (not a craft), is the existence within its ranks of a fifth column, called the avant-garde. This group advocates artistic Darwinism: whatever is newest is deemed to be the best, because it’s presumed to have been built upon the ruins of discarded forms and outmoded beliefs. Many online writing gurus are of the avant-garde school of thought.
Such a disdain for tradition is not found among the producers of Craft. Craftworkers also develop innovative designs from new materials, but they universally revere their roots. (My first creative career was as a “published” craftworker – which means that I was paid for my patterns, by the magazines that published them…
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