Monday, February 7, 2011

Writing is a Creative Process

Writing is a process… To be more precise, a Creative Process. And just like any other creative process – Be it painting, cooking or direction – There’s a lot that goes in before you see the end result.

So what all goes into writing?

Firstly, you need to have clarity on what to write. You need to have an idea - A topic. A message. A point of view. A dream. A reflection. A fleeting thought. An emotion. A recollection. A person. An event. A hope. A tale. A fantasy. A fiction….. This is usually the hardest which is why most people find it hard to write. Because, one does not know what to write about.

Secondly, you need to be clear on “For whom are you writing”. Essentially, are you writing for yourself or others? And if you are writing for others, who exactly is your audience? What are their general sensibilities? A lot of your content and writing style will be influenced by this.

Thirdly, you need to be clear about the how you will articulate what you want to write about – the literary form (poetry, prose, etc.), the style, the length, the humor and wit, the dialogues, the conversations,…. And somewhere it should align with what your audience tastes.

Next, you need to come up with the words – the right vocabulary which will do justice to your idea. And sometimes this is the most challenging. And probably that’s why it is often said that “Words do no justice to the underlying thoughts

Next, you need to take the time to articulate the words over a medium. Be it on a blog, a personal diary or simply just scribbled on a piece of paper. Till it is externalized and given form, it will continue to remain in its formless state

And lastly, somewhere in the middle of all this writing – you should be able to understand and appreciate on why you are writing…

Yes! Writing is a Creative Process. A gift endowed on a select few, and those who do have this gift wield a power.

A power to move
A power to create
A power to influence
A power to mend ways
A power to supplement
A power to complement
A power to build bridges
A power to hope and dream
A power yet to be fully explored
A power yet to be fully understood…

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