Words are a writers
tools as the brush and a chisel are the tools of a painter and
a sculptor. Words are the essence of thought for all thought is
but verbalization. Words are man's invention for communication.
Words which are the labels meant to be indicative of objects or
feelings or illusions are shared by man, where the same language
is involved. Symbols and images take place of words, where the language
is not the same. It is this tool that a writer wields to paint the
picture of his own imagination and to convey it to the readers.
A good writer
is one whose words can be as faithful as possible to his
thoughts and the best writer is one whose thoughts are
as faithful as possible to his impressions and perceptions.
Writing is a serious business. Serious in the sense of
the responsibility involved, towards oneself and towards the
reader. Serious, not in the traditional sense but in the sense
of being dedicated to one's art. True seriousness can include
humor, just as silence can include sound.
Writing can also
be a dangerous art. The writer must confront whatever
he comes across in the course of delving into his own consciousness.
Consciousness, which is shared by the entire humanity includes
racial memories, the pains and sorrows of main, fleeting joys
and pleasures and all the accumulated experiences of man.
This book of life, which is the consciousness of man must
be read by the writer with care. And it is in reading this
book, and the use of his own imagination and capacities that
he is able to bring about the expression which he seeks to
be a dangerous art because it may lead the writer out
of the established patterns of his own mind and he may
enter an unknown territory. He must face whatever he comes
across in his exploration and not be afraid. He must face
his own fears and avoid being entangled in his own established
good writer is one who writes with freedom and
not from knowledge. He writes out of freedom, which comes
from an emptiness rather than preconceived notions and
his own prejudices. He must be free to allow the free
movement of his own expression take place through his
words. Expression is an arduous task. Not only it requires
slow, deliberate thought but also good knowledge of the
tool - the words. Apart from the objective things, words
may have different significance for different people.
good writer is concerned only with his art
- the expression,
and not with anything else. He is not concerned
with the reward and punishment. He is free from
all commercial and self-centered motives. Without
absolute freedom from all sense of reward, true
expression is not possible. There must be a meditative
quality of mind for perception to take place. The
mind must be empty and still for creation to take
place. Out of that emptiness, our out of that uncalculated
silence, expression takes place. And then it is
acute, faithful and honest.
His art is
not divorced from his life. He doesn’t keep his art and his
personal life in compartments. He doesn't separate himself
from his writing and his writing is but an extension of his
life. His life itself is his art.
Contributing Author: Ashutosh Ghildiyal is a salaried
professional based in Mumbai, India. He was born in Lucknow in 1984,
where he completed his schooling. He completed his graduate studies
in New Delhi and his post-graduate education in Mumbai. He is the
author of To Think or Not to Think and Other stories (Book), various
blogs, articles and short stories. firstname.lastname@example.org