REFLECTIONS OF A WRITER
Writing is a creative art. The great writers were referred to as “poets”. The ancient classics were written as poems. The prose format is a relatively modern form. To be a writer, and to devote one’s life to it, one must be prepared for a challenge to one’s life, lifestyle and thinking. It is a fascinating adventure.
Here are some of the key challenges:
- Changing your mindset from an economic man to a creative thinker.
- Becoming an artist.
- Having a focused and disciplined lifestyle.
- Establishing a routine for writing pursuits.
- Focusing on action and not on results.
- Eliminating wasteful activities.
- Being positive of one’s abilities.
- Adopting an attitude of creative risk taking, which is an adventure.
- Using imagination. Einstein said, “Imagination is more important that knowledge.”
- Continuing to acquire knowledge.
- Reading and learning.
- Listening to your inner voice.
- Trusting your intuition.
- Being yourself.
- Believing in yourself when others may not.
- Be a writer.
In studying some of the great, classic writers one detects similarities in their habits, methods and environments that fostered their abilities and efforts resulting in the masterworks that we enjoy today.
INGREDIENTS OF A WRITER
- A well-versed knowledge of various subjects
- Knowledge of philosophy, history, classics
- Life struggles and turmoil
- Disdain for authority with no trust in them
- Some were even persecuted for their writings and their writings banned
- Not very positive about the society and world around them
- Not very religious
- Not positive about the humans
- Well-traveled abroad with interaction with other cultures
- Ability to write poetry and essays
- Self-taught with their unique natural style
- Ability to integrate many topics and disciplines in their writings
- Use of metaphor and symbols
- Strong views and opinions
Are exactly the people that do what no one can imagine.”
-From The Imitation Game