Writing: It’s A Process

Writing: It's A Process 4

writing Get into the process. This article is not going to give you tips on how to become a successful artist or a writer etc. First of all, there is no such thing called ‘tips’ for creating art. Those advocacies on ‘How to write 1st chapter’, ‘How to write opening line’, ‘How to make fine strokes’, are only to let us know others experiences. But if you are waiting for some ‘Yoda to appear from nowhere and bless you with skills, then you are cheating yourselves. Just get down and make art. It’s neither a procedure to be followed, nor science to be studied. Think of the first human beings who wrote stories, created art. If they hadn’t needed advice from their ancestors on how to do things, we don’t either. Everything is a process. Humans evolved as a result of nothing but a biological process. From the birth, till death, all we ever do is getting into the process.

Marine_leaves_‘no_rock_unturned’_creating_deployment_art_131124-M-ZB219-013We can’t just sit and expect ideas to pour inside, from somewhere. Believe me, it’s not a miracle and artists are no magicians. An artist/writer who can draw out soulful ideas out of his/her mind doesn’t totally account to his/her talent. It’s a process they have been into for a long time. Art is not a talent, but a practice. You can only get inspired by another artist’s works, but not by following what he/she does to do stuff. There is this thing called individuality that is much needed to produce art for your own self. No one is born a prodigy. If we want to create great art pieces, all we need to do is get into the process. If you want to become a writer, you don’t need to have fabulous narrative sense or vocabulary at the beginning. You have to get into the process and write. It’s these processes that let us identify the intricate details of things that others may not be aware of. Those details do not jump into our heads within a night’s sleep. It can be learnt only through experiences. Write something daily, create something periodically.

Vassily_Kandinsky,_1913_-_Composition_7Does it look Awful at first?  ‘Kudos!!!’  You are already on step one. It begins with crude attempts. But don’t lose your threads. Don’t give space to the inner demons that tell you not to continue any further. Be it a small craft, ugly draft or glorious raft- go on, keep moving, keep pushing hard.  Of course, you will fall, not once, not twice but thrice or more than that. Rise again, and resume the process. Be like a silent dweller who digs deep and deep when the world out runs in merriment. You will be kicked down, but rise again. You will feel like falling into emptiness, rise again. You will bleed, you will cry, you will mourn. But rise again, and do it. Make art, at peace. If that’s where your happiness resides, then life is worth sacrificing. One day you will reach a point where without any prior notice you will be recognised by someone from some far corner of the world. Your art would have had made bigger impacts in people than you have ever imagined. Until then, continue the process.

Nothing is possible within a nick of the moment, but nothing is impossible if we are given enough time.


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