As a writer, the only person we need to please is ourselves. Yet, somehow that is always a work in progress. The piece is never perfect, regardless of how many times we edit it, or how many revisions, or how you lay your thoughts out. Writers are destined to stay unsatisfied with their works. That’s probably the only way to stay a writer. Coz once complacency sets in, the work suffers. As with anything else and not just writing.
In the words of the inimitable Stephen King
“Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.”
..and that’s how blogging and writing started, for me at least. Intertwined and making love with each other to the extent that it is now just one resonance from within.
What I however also have painfully learnt is that the audience is never to be ignored. Once the writing is out, it never really belongs to you anymore. The reader will slice, dice and shred it to pieces. They also can enjoy, revel and derive great joy from your words. The emotion lies not with the word, but within the spaces between the said and the unsaid. The white spaces.
When there is resonance between the writer of said emotions, and the reader of the same emotions, there is harmony, and that is precisely the foundation that supports the writing, the authors, the books, the great literary pieces, the trashy novels and all in between.
I too went through a process where I let the readers assess me and rank me amongst other writers. As icky as it may be, it’s a necessary evil am told. I indulge in it occasionally only because one has to play by the rules of the game at least a few times. Rule breaker that I am, i detest judgement of all sorts, and being free is of utmost importance to me, and with that I strive to break shackles.
I have been fortunate to have a few loyal readers, strangers and friends alike. I wish I could capture all of their guidance and validation in one capsule, so it helps me on my lonely days (and believe me writers are lonely people) and it will happen soon, coz I see how much of a mood lifter it is!
Awards are posts that I’ve written for blog/digital organizations./magazines, and have been awarded. These are the posts below.