“Alpha writers are born from a force that must be reckoned with – a message that cannot and will not be stifled!”
They are the prolific writers of all time.
The ones who not only produced reams of descriptive, often gut-wrenching manuscripts, but also delivered a relied-upon story line publishers and readers readily count on. Branded authors proven through time — alpha writers who have made a name for themselves that remains forever an influence on the hearts, minds and souls of everyone daring to read such literary classics.
Who are these literary geniuses capturing our imagination and intriguing us with timeless tales in every genre?
What traits do they share, allowing them to become so perfect at their craft? Are we (hidden) alpha writers, the elite of the elite, waiting to be unleashed upon our world? If so, how can we capitalize on our own literary genius, to unleash it on an unsuspecting audience?
Let’s look at six diverse, elite writers whose names are household words.
“Indeed, there is a common thread among these alpha writers…”
One need never walk the paths described in the works of John Steinbeck. He himself brings them to life, and the experience is mesmerizing. Readers often feel like they’ve entered another time and space, an era of history filled with challenges and joys alike.
Writings like Steinbeck’s unveil deep feelings, things ordinary people dare not say. They touch on the untouchable, explore beyond the boundaries and intrigue the human spirit, often filling it with a gentle hope for renewal.
Theodor Seuss Geisel
Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) is an historic figure and author of classic children’s literature we all know and love. Exposed to hardship early on, having lived through times of prohibition and world war, Ted trudged along in life, trying to tow-the-line and create the required livelihood to survive.
His talents spanned beyond the realms of children’s chants and poetry. His artwork accompanied descriptive, playful words. Together, they expressed morally sound messages, addressing concerns and issues of his era – topics reaching beyond any one time and space in history, as it turns out.
Geisel’s literary and artistic genius became destined for greatness, despite many setbacks, rejection, and trials along the way.
Russian-born writer Ayn Rand understood well the evils of her time. Her classic book Atlas Shrugged depicts the dangers of socialistic communism, and condemns the strong-hold of government-dominated society. Born to be a writer, Rand delved into classic literary works early on in life, having taught herself to read by the age of six.
Life’s experiences, however, were the cause of her indomitable spirit. She drafted fearful (non-politically correct) manuscripts, often rejected for the overall message expressed in their content. Rand was as much a philosopher trying to make an indelible mark on the world, as she was an alpha writer — one destined to imprint a message meant to shake the whole of society out of its complacency.
Edgar Allan Poe
Certainly Poe’s descriptive writing casts a shadow or two toward the monsters we all bury deep within our psyches.
Classic horror comes to mind: deep dark writing – yet his works contain a draw into the realm of mystery and intrigue. Alluring readers with a constant, energetic and sometimes violent pull, Poe digs into the human mind and spirit, sifting through cobwebs and weaving tales of internal temptation, complete with all its consequences.
Soul searching … a quest to understand one’s purpose and reason for living, so as not to merely exist in an external world … observing life’s surroundings.
These are the thoughts expressed by Emily Dickinson throughout many of her poems. Change – an ever-changing world plagued with uncertainty. Emily Dickinson witnessed life as a young girl, growing up during the American Civil War. An avid gardener, her numerous poems illustrate nature to explore the human spirit, contemplate the magnificence of creation, and reveal the core of life.
Born in the early 1800s, Charles Dickens was a privileged soul; but he was destined to be plagued by life’s hardships due to his father’s reckless irresponsibility.
His writings are largely autobiographical – he wrote what he knew, expressing it through fictional works that explore history, challenge society and reveal the indifference of man. Dickens was on a mission to procure the betterment of society at large.
So, what can we learn from these 6 titans?
Indeed, there is a common thread among these alpha writers – tales of the human spirit, as it were, tested by the hardships of their times. Buried deep in reticent thought, bound by duty to bear witness to their times, distancing themselves – if only to hear the pains of their hearts a little more closely.
These alpha writers were messengers of their times, our times and future times.
They were not readily accepted with open arms.
Yet that couldn’t stop them from declaring the message so deeply imprinted in their souls. These alpha writers witnessed society – experiencing and feeling it with eyes that pierce the human spirit because they reveal its weakness, challenge its indifference, and overcome its obstacles.
The stamina, drive and eclectic personality required to sustain life as an alpha writer – a true literary genius — cannot be understated.
Despite the hardships, we can all be alpha writers if we truly want to. We must delve into the apparent insignificance of our times — documenting our worst fears, while facing and unleashing our greatest nightmares and demons.
It’s not a task one takes on easily.
In fact, it’s not a task one takes on at all. Alpha writers are born from a force that must be reckoned with – a message that cannot and will not be stifled!
Suffering rejection and alienation, becoming outcasts in a society – too oblivious and unusual to truly comprehend their place in history as literary geniuses of all time — alpha writers are destined to accomplish their mission. It is a mission compelled by their incessant need to explore, define and improve the human spirit: a mission hell-bent on denying the status quo and releasing the necessary fury to rectify the plight of all who suffer.
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Which of these authors inspire you to reach for greater heights? If you tried, could you be as compelling as Dickens? As whimsical as Dr. Seuss? As gritty as Steinbeck? Share your dreams of literary greatness in Comments below.