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 convey.
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.
is the author of To Think or Not to Think and Other stories (Book),
various blogs, articles and short stories. [email protected]