If you look up dictionary, you’d probably find ‘creativity’ being defined something like – “the use of skill and the imagination to produce something new or a work of art” – which I believe pretty much close to my discretion as well. Besides, what I find intriguing about creativity is that it is time-sensitive. I mean, you can be at your creative best in certain time of a day.
Say for instance, I find myself at my creative best during morning, especially right after I leave bed, come into the contact of sunlight, stroll around the meadows and take a walk of few miles. This is terrific, put my mind into functioning mode. Again! I perceive these intangible phenomena during the morning hour, that it is really awesome time to express myself creatively.
Scientifically, the morning hour is the time our brain is on full-functioning mode. You see, when you have tight sleep at night, the following day in the morning, when you get up, you feel energetic, youthful.
That’s the symbolic of mind that it indeed rested well previous night.
Well, your mind is ready to act on at your will, enthusiastically. But, unfortunately, most of us murder this regenerated cerebral capacity of mind by caffeine. It’s dangerous! Caffeinated stuffs like tea, coffee or other beverage deliver adverse effect on the mind, attenuates its ability to think creatively.
You think it makes you feel energetic?
It makes you feel weaker, slowly…so slow in process that you barely notice the development until living a day without tea/coffee triggers strange headache. You wither. Heck…you act like a drug-abuse patient (in fact, use of caffeinated stuff is considered a sane way to insanely become its addict).
Anyway, my point was – I am at my creative best during morning hour. This is the time where I am at my best – to write things creatively. And yes – I believe that one’s creativity in particular forte is time specific.
I have been writing over the last 4 years; have worked with some great companies as a SEO content writer, and honed my writing skills by working with fellow writers and learning from them. As a SEO writer, I carried typical job responsibilities – writing articles and blogs, all intended to be SEO (Search Engine Optimization) specific.
Therefore, in the span of my career as a writer, I wrote mostly for search engine optimization. Now, it’s been four years and the journey of being a writer is still on. Within these periods of my writing career, I have witnessed many ups and downs, however, the significance of them – they taught me keep on keeping on. And I am glad to maintain the continuance till now.
Though, I am not a celebrated writer/novelist/author/poet or anyone writing things for commercial purpose or non-commercial entertainment (pleasure writing). However, I have been mulling over this new-fangled contemplativeness of mine as to what other writers across the world feel of themselves as an individual towards their profession. Do they treat it with respect or do they feel ditching it out the moment they get something better to support life financially? In this context, I often tend to imply my question as to what defines them mostly as a writer.
If you ask me, I would deliver an easy answer (it seems pretty easy now, but earlier, I found it hard to explain myself to others). I observe the correct definition of me as a writer in both commercial and non-commercial perspectives is that I regard it as a channel/medium that helps me externalize my inner-self. I have seen that I am particularly recognized among friends in India by my ability to represent my thoughts in textual ways.
Here are other key, self-observed differentiators of my personality as a writer:
As a writer, it is my ability to write things creatively which has been my distinct personality recognition. Another thing that defines me as a writer that I regard it as a non-stop, continuous practice. Means, there is no stopping in it. It demands consistency, dedication, and perhaps lifelong commitment to come closer to perfection (I think there is no word like perfection that exists in writing, as every writer introspects himself/herself a learner).
I read somewhere on the Internet a quote by Stephen King, saying if you want to be good, really good in writing, you have to do two things in particular – read a lot and write a lot. Believe me, the quotation infused me with an unfathomable sense of motivation as its meaning perfectly resonates with my own credo about writing. I have a tendency of defining writing as a medium that externalizes your creative expressions. It represents your individuality everywhere you go.
So, in the context of the quote of the famous novelist, I see myself as a reader or a part of my personality is a reader that loves novels, books, magazines and newspapers. Reading Hindi and English novels, comics and magazines has been my hobbies since the academic pursuit in college. I have been an avid fan of Ved Prakash Sharma, the Hindi novelist, whose novels I read on the cost of my hunger. I developed my writing skill commercially by joining a company in Noida, India where I learned from the mistakes and advice from senior writers.
As a writer, writing defines my personality as a contemplative guy. You will hardly find me public-pleasing entertainer or a jovial sales agent trying his best to convince customers over the phone. That’s because I find these things atypical to my personality, as it require me to be a jovial extrovert to deal with people confidently. Well, it doesn’t mean that I shy away from people, but I can’t do attention-seeking kind of things. But with writing, that’s pretty easy. It’s a mirror image of my personality and helps me convey my creative expression well.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN WRITING I’VE OBSERVED IN THESE FOURS IS THAT IT DEMANDS YOUR HONEST ALLEGIANCE AND PERSEVERANCE, IF YOU (REALLY) WANT TO ATTAIN PERFECTION. SIMPLIFICATION IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES THAT I’VE FOUND WRITING EXPECTS FROM YOU.
Also, on hindsight, you’d figure out your write-up not very perfect and you’d probably think something like “I could have written this piece of writing somewhat otherwise interestingly or better.” (Who knows, after a couple of days when I observe this write-up and end up cursing myself for not having written it better.)
In that way, my writing defines me being a self-critique pedantic on my own write-ups 🙂
A person’s creative expression in a particular forte is said to be derivative of their mania entrenched so deeply that it manifests in them one of the psychotic characteristics of maniac depressiveness or schizophrenia.
I read an article “Successful comedians display symptoms of psychosis” published on The Guardian, claiming that creative comedians are unusual personalities apt at physical demonstration of best comedy because of their impulsive and irrational minds.
The article, based on a referential study, claimed that creative comedians resemble characteristics found in those affected with bipolar syndrome (a mental illness of transitory mood-shifts from happy to melancholy unpredictably).
“Their talent to amuse people lies in having unusual personalities and displaying what researchers say are high levels of psychotic characteristics.”– The Guardian
Does that mean those who “just seem to be happy” are actually not happy from inside? Does that mean the jolly face you show the world is used to hide your inward sorrow, something that’s crippling you from inside?
Well, it could mean anything or nothing until the recent suicidal case of celebrated comedian from Hollywood, Robin Williams, wouldn’t have surfaced the media world. While the rumor that the actor was being spooked by a friendly ghost is gaining the grounds, yet the things testified by neighbor that the actor suffered severe depression and Parkinson’s disease, doesn’t defy the possibility of him being depressive.
We live in a society that houses people of different temperaments; cheery, jovial, fastidious, arrogant, angry, shy, frank, free-thinkers, introvert, extrovert, ambivert and those with personality avoidant disorders.
Most of them display certain behavioral patterns according to their likes and dislikes and preferences. However, after reading about the suicidal death of the Hollywood actor, I have become a little cautious, especially in the context of observing people around me to discern if their facial expression of happiness is really a sinister trick to belie their inner-sorrow.
Well, I have not extended my thought to the possibility of theirs committing suicide out of factors, mainly societal discrimination, rejection in love, failure in study and having no employment. However, aren’t these mental dissatisfactions factor in a big way the suicidal ending of a subject’s life?
I read an article in The Times Of India saying the deceased actor, Williams, couldn’t handle the absence of physical demonstrations of love from his parents even though he believed they loved him. It was a sense of insecurity that he let sink into his heart. He maintained a jovial decorum just to fend off the anguish he felt inside.
Aside from Williams, there are countless examples of maniac depressives. Indian legendary playback singer, Kishore Kumar was said to be quite a fun-witted fellow but avoided much social contacts and usually confined self to his introversion.
TOI featured a clinical psychologist Dr Seema Hingorrany quoting that people with hypomania are very jovial in get-together party, but there is a change in their behavior when in alone.
It is believed that people who use happiness as a certain physical defense mechanism are presumed to strive against their own inner demons.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?
Just observe if your fast friend has suddenly turned cold in behavior, avoids social contact and enjoys his confinement to loneliness. This is the moment you should be concerned with your friend’s sudden moods-shifts.
One of the pre-suicidal symptoms associate with someone very engrossed in his seclusion, purposely avoids company of people, becomes unusually peevish and reacts strongly even on slight provocation. Time to intervene, if one of these symptoms are noticed in your friend, relatives or family person.
WHY PEOPLE FEEL SUICIDAL?
People feel suicidal because of many reasons. Unfortunately, occurrence in the number of people who killed self out of frustration indicates victim’s inability to respond extremity of a negative situation positively or they didn’t resort counseling or effective remedial methods within the approach.
The saddest thing with suicidal cases getting pathetic response from people is the fact that today’s people are insensitively cold and usually assign themselves to their own vested interest.
A Bolywood movie, “Ek Villain” showcases a villain protagonist suffering from mental instability that triggers on his encounter of people criticizing, abusing and scoffing him with hatred. He avenges on his insult from them, hunts them down and kill them to his ego’s satisfaction. He doesn’t take vile criticism lying down.
Not to mention that such maniac depressive walks in numbers in our society, though their facial expression or body language may defy their sinister demon within.
People may feel suicidal when they attain a state of mental instability, unable to handle the pressing circumstances haunting and tormenting them within.
ARE WE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR PLIGHT?
One of the best ways to get acquainted with the reason of committing suicide by people is to understand the root cause of problems like their social interaction and reactivity of society to their presence.
The fact is, nobody welcomes vile criticism. Even kids hate their fathers upon their constant scolding. So, if your reaction to the behavior of someone very sensitive in the matter of social interaction has been rude and uncivilized, then yes, you are one of those in millions responsible to passively contribute their part by increasing the number of suicidal cases in society.
Beside, victim’s unexplained desires for material possessions, abuse of drugs and other things that remain unfulfilled prompt them to kill self.
It should be born into mind that most people are too sensitive to the way their presence or work is appreciated by people. They get inferiority complex upon not being well-acknowledged. This inferiority complex upon days of nurturing may cause birth of suicidal feel in them.
The fact of the matter – if we stop criticizing and instead pay respect to every human being, we would bring down the suicidal cases significantly. Also, parents must ensure that their kid’s upbringing is done under etiquette.
If we stop hating one another, we will certainly pave the path for a society where incident like suicides will never occur.
Since the advent of online technology and subsequent rapid expansion of virtual wonderment that it manifested in the lifestyle of people has categorically delineated one very significant virtue, that virtual life is over-dominating the real world of human beings.
In view of the circumstances that intellectual expressions of people are getting confined to the precinct of digital world or virtual world, there is stark conclusion signifying the next generation would have incurable obsession of this cyber world, which would be confidently regarded as the most preferred rendezvous for the likeminded to speak their mind.
Why Do People Regard Virtual World A Safer Place For Their Intellectual Expressions?
Social media platforms, especially Facebook and Twitter are attributed to have distinctively inspired people to have their say safely, either through pseudo profiles or as a passive expressionalist over the subjects which they intrinsically feel to have their “expressed dissatisfaction” with.
As a matter of fact, we have so much deluded ourselves with the phony reputation of this virtual world that we deliberately tend to overlook our own existence with the real world to the detriment of family, friends and relationships.
Based on my intellectual obsession with knowledge and the developed subjective experience, I’ve reasoned out as per my own standpoint with regards to the question aforesaid:
Textual Expression Overweighs Verbal Expression:
The communication of belief or opinion through textual delineation, as I have personally observed myself, is very stronger as compared to the verbal expression wherein the speaker or commentator often fumbles for right words to convey message effectively.
In addition, those with agoraphobia (fear of public places) syndrome typically acquiesce to virtual places to speak their mind rather than ensuring their physical presence in open places and have their intellectual expressions stammered with nausea.
Virtual World Is A Tireless And Prompt Access To People’s Intellectual Expression:
How long will it take to tweet your intellectual expressions over a burning issue of your nation?
Less than a minute, I guess.
And that’s exactly what most people adore virtual platform for the least time-consuming verbalization of their intellectualism which could otherwise have been annoyingly time-consuming and less creative in an open place.
With smartphone powered by non-stop internet connection, getting an access to virtual world is technically very, very easy.
Well, that may not be an entirely true, as we’d witnessed the frenzy mob of demonstrators in support of establishing laws and orders in society or demanding justice against social menaces or apprehension of perpetrators.
However, witnessing such incidents in real life is quite exceptional as today’s smartphone-equipped generations have their deep-seated affinity with virtual world to have their say because that does the job instantly.
We’re Developing A Bystander Syndrome, Willingly Let The Sleeping Dogs Lie:
Well, the virtual world is certainly not a factor behind developing such a syndrome; most people deliberately subjugate themselves to their unwillingness of interfering in the status-quo, signifying “that’s none of my business” characteristic (a willingly and cunningly manufactured habit).
Such people take resort to social media and anonymously express their viewpoints, as somewhere deep-down, they crave to have their dissatisfaction expressed namelessly.
Introverts Evince Their Preferential Treatment To Virtual World
The way the consumption rate of online technology is increasing, we’d be besieged by the deluge of overwhelming power of digital world. Meanwhile, the increasing number of introverts is yet another fearsome contributory to the mounting popularity of virtual world, as they impulsively tie their affinity with the virtual social places so as to speak their mind safely without others intruding their ‘sweet home’ world.
No doubt these people deliberately cut off all social contacts and zero their presence in public places to express their thoughts.
Annotation: The idea expressed in the blog is subjective experience of the writer. He owes no explanation to naysayers in light of their dissonance with the post.
In my previous post, If you want to be a good writer – Read a Lot, I’d narrated the one significant quotation of Stephen King where the statement emphasized the importance of reading books for anyone wishing to be a writer in their life.
Now, this blog post highlights significance of his another statement to which he suggested writers ought to write a lot in order to be best in their niche.
What are the salient benefits of writing a lot, especially when it is an emphatic point behind improving one’s writing skill?
A scintillating improvement to your creative expression manifests due to writing a lot:
One of the most remarkable benefits of writing that you may experience is visible improvement in your creative expression, albeit the condition behind manifestation of such a notable improvement in your writing is subject to persistent practice backed by your commitment and dedication.
Writing is indeed a commitment of giving your hundred and one percent to this lexical aspect of contextualizing words. Apparently, you must ensure that the continuity of the practice is unbreakable even though it may sound physically and mentally demanding task.
Writing a lot gives you an improved understanding of your subject matter:
I’ve personally observed over the five years of writing that I’ve mastered over many subjects with an improved insight of their subtle meaning.
Though I was professionally obliged to comply certain rules and regulations associated with my professional association with my employer organizations in relation with writing contents for their marketing purposes, however, my contribution also helped me with an improved insight about those subjects I wrote contents about.
Writing a lot qualifies you for a host of writing jobs demanding someone with specialization into writing:
If you believe that specialization in writing comes through having yourself enrolled for a writing course in a university, then I don’t think that is actually the most realistic and trustworthy way to gain the specialization. Rather, I tend to believe that if one is hell-bent and labors hard for writing with dedication, very soon he will gain the required expertise.
Moreover, in due course of time, his month-long persistent practice will help him qualified for writing jobs demanding specialized writer. Yes, this is possible, but such an excellence comes through persistence.
I do not want to demean the credibility of such writing program offered by university and different institutions worldwide, for they are certainly credited to have given the world numerous writers who are respectively known among us for their creative or unique expressions.
I just want to point out that writing a lot with dedication and constant practice can also give you the required excellence and specialization that you may have sought otherwise through those creative writing courses designed to make you expert at your niche, but in return of monetary charges.
Writing develops your communication power convincingly:
If you indulge yourself into writing with dedication and perseverance, very soon you gather an improved communication power; you can actually master the art of persuading or impressing others. This is not an overnight result at all; you need a lot of time to finally master this art, but make no doubt that if you continue writing, you’ll have the communication mastery.
Writing a lot, conclusively, is one of the most effective techniques to improve your writing skill together with giving you additional awesome benefits. Though I’ve personally observed that most writers are introvert and usually confine themselves into their introversion believing that’s the safest room in the world to create a masterpiece.
And no doubt that most classic books that we find today were actually originated from the mind of those writers who confined their world into the wall of their own introversion.
However, to be a good writer, you don’t have to be introverted or aloof, just enjoy your writing and when finished, give it a good visual check to ensure correctness of sentences in terms of grammar and syntax.
Though I can’t say this with absolute conviction, but I believe I am one of those internet users in the world who can’t leave without browsing information and quotations of great minded individuals.
Sincerely speaking, I love positive-thoughts inspiring quotations of those greatest souls whose legacy we still adore much, not because they had been meaningful and relevant to the then era of their prevalence, but also because of the fact that they still lend gravity of awesomeness and inspiration to the readers.
A good number of people in the world brought spiritual transmogrification to their life by imbibing positive thoughts.
Lately I happened to be reading a very quote by Stephen King in which he quoted as saying,
“If you want to be a (good) writer, you must do two things above others: Read a lot & Write a lot.”
Being myself a writer, this quotation of world’s one of the most renowned novelists cast its inspirational message onto me, drove me into pensiveness, and subsequently (as impressed by the message), I thought to analyze the quote according to my own discretion and understanding.
No doubt, if I want to be a good writer, a very renowned writer of someone with stature of Stephen King, it is, therefore, the greatest necessity of mine to follow wholeheartedly the underlying message of the quotation. Now, I am going to analyze in the following way just because I am feeling so intrigued to elaborate this great thought of Mr. Stephen King.
If you want to be a good writer:
Read A Lot:
Reading, to my mind, is really helpful for everyone dreaming about to become one of the best writers in the world. Our thought patterns develop in due course of time in conformity with our developing affinity with reading books, great books with worth-following lessons.
The human mind, if not supplied with good nourishment and healthy food intakes in a routine way every day, the eventual outcome that we experience is harrowing, it stops functioning properly. In other words, the mind becomes dull that consequently affects its interpretative skill of the incoming thoughts from the sources such as life’s experience or by conversing with different people etc.
Just as good foods are vital for a mind to function properly, in similar manner a writer’s mind needs to be foddered by great thoughts in their intellectual patterns so that the interpreted ideas stand for one’s uniqueness and speak the volume of smartness, informativeness and standout.
The nature of thoughts accumulated from reading is entirely subject to the kind of books that a reader reads! Reading-generated ideas are, therefore, the cumulative process in the form of accretion in mind, which come out in the total conformity with their tonality.
So to say, the ideas accumulated out of reading are reflected in our writing. The way we sentence is the reflection of “nature” of ideas accumulated from reading.
What to Read A Lot?
Since you want to become a writer, it is therefore quite essential of you to read books that are dedicated to people who want to be a writer – that’s the first requisite you should prioritize.
However, I do not believe that a reader’s mind should be preoccupied with its own narrow-mindedness of gathering centralized ideas from the specific dedicated books. I wholeheartedly believe that ideas must be expanded beyond any dimension and should not be restricted to adherence of certain privileges/sources as the horizon of a writer’s mind must be expanded as much as possible, and this is possible only when a writer must indulge into reading a lot of books, good books with great ideas.
To read a particular book to become a writer, one must first of all prioritize one’s field of interest.
For instance, one of the fields such as sports, health, real estate, medical, finance, technical etc. must be chosen carefully so that the writer has a clear vision of their goal. Hence, a book must be chosen accordingly. To say otherwise, if you want to get a hand on technical writing prospective, reading books dedicated to technical fields or latest evolution in technical markets or related to similar ideas will be great for you.
Similarly, if you are a pious individual who wants to write spiritual posts or something on personality development in spiritual context, reading spiritual and religious books would be of great use.