My first impressions of was one of temerity and curiosity. I'll be quite honest here: the only artist's community I was aware of at the time was Through the years I've been on there, I've seen the literary community making its appearance, pushing its way through the masses of artists of all types until the notorious Daily Deviations for prose and poetry have almost become a daily occurance. I was impressed, but something bothered me.

Like many artists, thievery bothered me. And there's a lot of idiotic thievery that goes on at that site. Sure, most of the thieves are stealing artwork, but I wouldn't put it past anyone. I think we all share some sort of apprehension about someone taking our ideas, our precious concepts and stories we hold near and dear to our hearts. And quite frankly, a lot of this deviousness goes by unnoticed. The massive size and scope of dA frightened me, and though I still have my artwork on there, a small voice in the back of my mind still nags me to get my ass up and create a portfolio that no one could steal from. But then again, someone may take the concept, or just hit Print Screen on the keyboard. Or worse and easier yet, hit copy/paste.

It's a tough issue and one that I struggle with all the time. Sure, there are copyright laws, legalities that are very much a reality, yet often go by unheeded or considered. Ever been sued by someone for thievery? I personally don't know anyone who has. Do you?

But as artists (yes, writing is very much an art -- linguistic art, you could say), we feel an irrepressible urge to express ourselves, and (usually) share it with someone. In this day and age, that includes sharing it with complete strangers. Acknowledgment of our endeavors and talents is something of an innate need for artists. Some of us do it for the attention, but in others, well, it's sort of inexplicable. Are we addicted to compliments? Are we addicted to perfection? Or do we just want to connect with people?

It's why I don't take my artwork off the unpredictable internet. It's why I post my writing here on Protagonize (asides from wanting critiques and help! We could all use a little help, yeah?). Writing is a little more tough to share than a painting. Reading and offering opinion takes a lot of effort, and time. Which is why I feel I've transitioned from painting and drawing, to writing. It's more fulfilling. It's more work. It's more commitment. Your audience is probably more picky and selective than the average person who scans tens of hundreds of pictures and drawings every day. But that doesn't stop me, because like all artists, it's impossible to resist that urge to create an entire world, an entire existence, an emotion in someone's mind's eye.

Art is my life. There are many avenues to take, but writing is by far my favorite.

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