We often talk about all the beautiful things that come with writing and being an author. Of course, writing is a potent way to make a mark on the world and impact other people’s lives. But writing can also backfire. Words have lives of their own, and so do texts. Think of how Karl Marx’s work was appropriated by various revolutionaries who killed millions of people. The truth is that most people who write are well-intended. They believe they are doing the right thing. But their writing can be appropriated nonetheless. Your responsibility as an author is to be crystal clear about your prescriptions. You can’t stop people from interpreting your work, but you can at least make clear what you stand for and what you stand against.