Writing is a talent that snoozes inside your chest until you unleash it someday either by chance or by choice. This peculiar talent then arouses a flair inside you. I had no idea that I can even write until one day my friend published her first paid article for a magazine. This ignited a spark within me and I wrote my first article on “Magic of Winters” and showed it to my English professor the other day. To my surprise, my teacher was amazed by my article and he lavishly praised my writing style and imagery. This gave me a life lesson that sometimes a little praise, a little admiral, and a positive feedback can escort a writer to the peaks of delight. I was not a writer at that time. But, that day when a little writer was born inside me, I felt the happiness we all writers get by receiving positive feedback. I felt the cravings of a writer for appreciation. I was a toddler writer but still, being a baby never eliminates you from the category of human beings.
Appreciate! Even if you don’t get the time to read, hit the like button while scrolling down your news feed. It’s a Charity because you have no idea which like of yours might brighten up somebody’s life.
Now when I started writing more and more I felt that I have been continuously writing about fairytales and fantasy. Every topic of mine was based on hope and positivity. I never dared to touch the magic potions of darkness. Neither did I enter the shallow valleys of suspense and reasoning nor stood on my toes to reach the vibrant sky of rationality and science. I felt as if I am left far behind amid a desert where there is no hope, no guide, and help. It felt as if confusion and disappointment were choking me to death. When I joined the university, I saw that many of my classmates wrote about anxiety, darkness, evil, loneliness, supernatural, picturesque, ramblings and what not! The same year I started reading the novel Never can say goodbye of Christina Jones. It was a perfect cozy treat for frosty winters. I dwelled in the book for about a week when I finally completed it with a merry heart. I really appreciated the work of Christina Jones due to her extremely dazzling writing style that hooked me from the very first line till the very last word. Even I found myself drooling over its synopsis. *chuckles*
After the end of my second semester, during my summer vacations, I went to the bookshop and brought home 2 best self-help books including Dale Carnegie’s How to win friends and influence people and Mark Manson’s The subtle art of not giving a fuck. I read these books in about a month giving a huge time to each one. They were hard to digest but trust me I never felt much pleasant, contented and satisfied before like I felt after reading these two books. One night I was scrolling through Tumblr when I noticed that every artist, every writer, musician or painter have his or her own world of creation and dreams, ecstasy, and ideas. A writer always has a choice between two paths:
Path of mind:
Some people write rationally and critically. They write about what is apparent and concrete. Predictions and possibilities give a glamour to their work. Such writers indulge in Politics, Law, Psychologists, Journalists, Column writers, Human Rights writers, Motivational speakers and eminent speakers. These writers have their own charisma. They control the world and hold the power to change it. Path of the soul:
Some people write from their heart and soul. They breathe magic. Their magic wands leave the readers spellbound and their writings are a healing potion for broken souls. The ancient Greeks believed that there were four elements that everything was made up of earth, water, air, and fire. This theory was suggested around 450 BC, and it was later supported and added to by Aristotle.
The idea that these four elements – earth, water, air, and fire – made up all matter was the cornerstone of philosophy, science, and medicine for two thousand years. The elements were “pure” but could not be found in that state on earth. Every visible thing was made up of some combination of earth, water, air, and fire. The four elements were even used to describe the four temperaments a person could have, and Hippocrates used the four elements to describe the four “humor” found in the body. These theories stated that the temperaments and humor needed to be in balance with each other in order for a person to be well both mentally and physically.
These earthly elements are supported by the spiritual connection that we make by writing fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, sci-fi and magical stories. Either it is JK. Rowling who takes us to Hogwarts on a magical train to a mysterious destination or is Christina Jones who makes us wander in Francisca’s frock shop with a cozy love story.
Now you have to ponder which path is made for you!
A writer is always right because we are all boarding on a wrecked boat of our lives which we have to mend. We all have our own experiences that eventually lead us to contrast in ideas and perceptions.
I repeat a writer is always right for the readers and the audience has to agree with his ideas not by reflecting their personal perspective, but by considering the authors’ point of view. Similarly, when a writer is reading somebody else’s content, he, being a reader, is bound to accept the ideas of others and ponder the diversity of ideas we all have. We all are special and unique due to which our thoughts are also unique. A reader can never superimpose his thoughts over what the author has created. Yes, we all have a right to critique and analysis, feedback and comments but by disqualifying the arguments of a writer is totally unjustified. Maybe I am craving for a molten lava cake just because I am feeling hungry whereas you don’t even want to hear the name of any eatable because you are too full to eat anything. This cannot justify your critique or denial of a writers ideas and descriptions.
We have this hidden craving for appreciation and admiral. Viceversa responses provoke disappointment and eventually a defense fight which leads us to nowhere. Spread love and happiness. I, myself have learned this after interacting with many professional bloggers and writers that we all need appreciation, love and positive feedback. Readers love bloggers who love their audience. Similarly, those writers write better content whose audience is supportive. We all have a different approach and lifestyle. Just focus on what is meant for you and stick to it. Be vibrant and have a look at the horizon but don’t forget the Polaris; your guiding star. Stick to your expertise while exploring the connections you can make with other genres and see the magic.
Someday I am the owner of Francisca’s frock shop from Christina Jones classical fantasy tale and someday I am a highly rational and an analytical gentleman from the self-help guide of Mark Manson. At one time I want to escape secretly into the cozy shop to meet some funny old ghost friend of mine while the other time I want to be the most influential person on this earth. Does it sound sensible? Not at all! As per our individual perception, why don’t we declare any one of these artists wrong?
Samantha was an immature writer and all she did was writing all day and night. She indulged in writing and reading like a baby craving for more and more marshmallow. The basic problem with her was that whatever she read, she judged it with biased attitude and without any research or second thoughts. She refused the ideas of the author and thought that she knows all. Well, who cares? It did not affect the author and the only person who suffered, later on, was Samantha herself. She kept on criticizing and giving bad feedbacks. She never acknowledged the perceptions of other people and turned a blind eye towards this beautiful word full of explorations and vibrant human beings. Maybe Samantha disdained these golden words:
“Watch, Listen, and Learn. You can’t know it all yourself. Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.”