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Sunday, June 17, 2012

HONE THOSE WRITING SKILLS !

There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes.

         -   William Makepeace Thackeray

Because of your uniqueness, you have your own set of experiences/ judgments in response to outer happenings. They need to be constantly channelized in the form of writing . If you go untapped those creative thoughts, they get buried inside you and there will be no worthwhile writing.

Experts say that to write, your inner environment must be serene. William Zinsser says that ' writing is thinking on paper'. In fact all your experiences become a distilled wisdom and settle in a retrievable place and what needs is you must inculcate the habit of taking out the right ones in right time.  I personally feel that writing helps integrate your creative right brain with logical left brain. One great man sagely advises to exercise the writing muscle everyday even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch or a journal entry. He further says that writers are like dancers, athletes and without that exercise, the muscles can not be strengthened.

To become a writer means, to be an avid reader. One essential element for good writing is  lending  an ear and one must listen to the sounds of one's own prose. Peggy Teeters says that the only way to learn to write is to write.

Honing writing skills is a painstaking job More word power means more fire power. If you are armed with less vocabulary, it means you are poorer by expression which may not help in improving your writing skills to  rivet the readers .

The main characteristic of writing is better described by James F. Stephan " originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself". To write means to have patience. The written prose is vulnerable to constant editing as new ideas continue to flow and they need to be inserted to make it more holistic. As the mind is a factory of ideas, every time when I sit for writing, a new wave of thought sweeps through and natural editing of written lines occur.

The writing ability severely batters when the family atmosphere is not conducive. So you must be careful to have harmonious relations. Economy of words is another secret of writing. Thomas Jefferson says that the most valuable of all talents is that never using two words when one will do. L.P. Hartley advises that it is better to write about things you feel than about things you know about. Eugene Lonesco has made the task cut out for a writer " A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.

Personality Development Guru Robin Sharma says that "Maintaining a daily journal is one of the best personal growth initiatives you will ever take. He further says that it offers you the opportunity to have regular one-to-one conversations with yourself. You may not become a professional writer or choose it as a profession. But in between your hectic professional life, writing on chosen subject with your insights help others benefit from your knowledge. That's why Robin Sharma asks to write as little as 15 minutes daily in a private journal which can improve health, functioning of your immune system and above all your overall attitude.

I was nearly shaken the way Dr. Deepak Chopra, a prolific writer (America's famous Indian) humorously replied that he is neurotic and compulsive about writing. What drives me further is his style of writing. He sometimes uses his Blackberry mobile to write and send to his office in e-mail and that way he completes writing books. Very revolutionary idea for writers !

The success stories of writers is endless. Chetan Bhagat, the youth writer who shot into fame with his first English novel “Five Point Someone’ written especially for Indian youth, is a IITian with management degree. He quit his career as investment banker in a multi-national company to settle as writer and the rest is history. The New York Times called Bhagat 'the biggest selling English language novelist in India's history". Time magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world.

Writing is such an enticing act that  transports the ideas of writer to the succeeding generations and thereby the writer lives through his/ her work.

To wrap up in the words of Harlan Ellison " writing is the hardest work in the world. Lonelier, and nobler and more enriching !!

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