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The Controversy of the Act of Writing

To be a writer is the hardest thing in the world when it requires a painful amount of self-awareness and even more...

Katya Angara Written by Katya Angara · 1 min read >

My introductory essay for the AYL (Architect Your Life) blog is a playfully meta one: it is about – yet also elevated above – the writing process itself. After all, to be a writer is the hardest thing in the world when it requires a painful amount of self-awareness and even more time alone.

Writing is the lonely art.

No one else can write about your personal truth, your secret voice, your desire to convey what lies under the skin to an audience only you are privy to. You have to be the mirror to the world within and around you. And only then can the writer elucidate on the virtues of objective truth. The writer wears around her neck – both a gift and a stone of burden – the collective histories of the human race.

So please excuse me while I take a literal and metaphorical journey without telling anyone but you. I promise to come back with more books, living things, and dead things for the delirium Imaginarium I call home. My writer’s duty involves a form of necromancy wherein the dead come back to life in surprising ways.

My writing and art are characterised by weird synchronicity. They wound and heal one another until inspiration for what I do comes and goes as quickly as the blood dries. Intuition flies fast at night with unfurled wings of superlative light, across sketchbooks of soon-to-be-finished work on my escritoire, their spines singing electric in passing.

To be creative is to bleed your own magic, to work hard at being yourself, and to seek excursions above the thresholds of euphoria and beyond the sphere of self-exploration.

An expanse of emotion is necessary for creation, and so I paint over my darker-than-black tendencies with impasto strokes of childlike optimism and neurological chiaroscuro – my intuition vs intellect, sensuality vs spirituality, forever oscillating between worlds above and below.

Two kinds of storytelling resonate because they matter to the human condition: heroic or anti-heroic narratives of good fantasy and science fiction depicting humanity’s internal and external conflicts; and children’s stories reminding us to come to celebrate our time here and now, and the freeing truths of who we are and where we are going.

Written by Katya Angara
A published writer, gonzo curator, and exhibited artist, Katya Angara builds her brand around wordplay and rhyme-blended artwork influenced by the sensualities of skin and street art, creative collaborations in London and Manila, and illustration and writing projects such as the manga-and-Mœbius-inspired CoCo Books (Comic Colouring Books) label. She completed her curatorial studies degree in Central Saint Martins at the top of her class with a dissertation on how comics and pop culture explore topics of gender, identity, and sexuality in a technological society. The future sees more high-energy output as she combines forces with other artists on visual essays and poetic assemblages about love, desire, and little deaths. Profile
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