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From Author Denise Nadeau of Canada: “Author and Authority”

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For a long time, my manuscripts remained in my drawer, awaiting an authority that would consider them sufficiently good to be printed.  Why?  Because I kept them secret.  Before I had ever submitted them to an editor, I imagined this “authority” would certainly refuse my texts, so I condemned them to silence in advance.  And yet, author and authority come from the same Latin word auctor which has many meanings, including “that which makes something grow; founder, creator, instigator and… authority.”  Thus, was I the authority?

Yes, it is I, the author, who decides what is worthy or not, what will be shown, shared or not.  I give myself this approval, this imprimatur that I formerly sought outside myself, because I am the one who sows a seed on the paper, who grows words, paragraphs, books.  To create is to accept that the course of the writing is not known in advance, since it is not copied from any other; it is entirely new.  Ah, and I forgot, auctor also means “one who approves.”  I would say I approve.

You can find this, and additional posts, as they appear in their original form via Ms. Nadeau’s website – http://fragmentsduquotidien.blogspot.ca/.

Auteur (e) et autorité

Pendant longtemps, mes manuscrits sont restés dans mes tiroirs, attendant l’autorité qui les jugerait suffisamment bons pour être imprimés.  Pourquoi?  Parce que je les gardais secrets.  Précédant l’éditeur sur lequel je projetais cette «autorité» et qui refuserait certainement mes textes, je les condamnais d’avance au silence.

Et pourtant, auteur et autorité viennent du même mot latin, auctor, qui signifie, entre autres, celui qui fait croître ou pousser, fondateur, créateur, instigateur et… autorité.

C’était donc moi l’autorité?  Oui, c’est moi, l’auteure, qui décide ce qui en vaut la peine ou non, ce qui sera montré, partagé ou non.  Je me donne à moi-même cette approbation, cet imprimatur que je recherchais autrefois à l’extérieur de moi.  Car je suis celle qui sème une graine sur le papier, qui fait pousser des mots, des paragraphes, des livres.  Créer, n’est-ce pas accepter qu’on ne connaît pas d’avance son parcours puisqu’on ne le copie sur aucun autre et qu’il est entièrement nouveau?

Ah et j’oubliais, auctor signifie aussi celui qui approuve.  En 2015, je dirais aussi celle qui approuve.

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