Monday, April 4, 2011

Am I a writer?

This is my first post in Wordsmaid. I'm facing a queer situation here.

To begin from the beginning, I've never fancied myself as a writer. In fact, I don't even understand how one can call himself/herself a writer. Does an identity such as a 'writer' really exist? I know there are poets, novelists, critics... even lesser mortals like copy writers who would write marketing copies on a given subject or theme. But what does a 'writer' do? Just write? Write what?

Ah! Let me get to the point. I used to write short stories and very rarely poems too. Then I got into a job as a Copy Writer. Then I moved on to become a feature writer for a news firm. But now, I think I've reached some point of saturation. I find myself short of words. My bundle of vocabulary has suddenly become empty. Well, I could have got along with that. Even worse, I find that my mind or brain has become devoid of ideas.

I wake up every morning thinking that I'd write something, maybe start a story. But when I sit down to write, I realise that I don't know my characters. I don't understand why the hero in my story has to deliver a certain speech or the heroin would feel trapped in a situation. And then when I try to create a certain situation, I fail to understand why it has to be like that and not anything different... To put it simple, I sit there staring at a blank page, get frustrated and then quit and watch some movie.

Is this because of a lack of any inspiration? The funny thing is that when I refer to my own creative pieces, I find them so incomplete. I look at them as ramblings of an unsatisfied mind, or as a means of venting out my creative surges.

Dear members of Wrodsmaid, I would be grateful if anyone of you can give me a suggestion to get out of this void.


resmi said...

Its terrible to find everything meaningless.I can relate.

Neethu Asokan said...
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Neethu Asokan said...

looks like,like people together in an unlike blog...God!will this move forward...!
Maybe yes...!cz its always like that alle??

Kaveri Chandrakumar said...

Creative writing shouldn't be a forced affair....If a work is the product of a natural flow of creativity,even if there r errors, it doesn't spoil the has a particular charm of its own...

Kaveri Chandrakumar said...

Finding everything meaningless is the order of the day....."post-modernism"..:-D

pooja said...

heollo there. i just read ur post and i go through feeling quite often.In one book i read,it was said that the one thing that stands between a good write up and you is this nasty beast called 'Perfectionism'.the three steps for writing they descibed was:1>get down your doesnt matter how dumb or lame or incomplete it feels.Get down a terrible first draft.
2>Work on it.Chisel the edges etc.
3>Revision.Scrub,rub and polish your piece till it sparkles.

Dont let perfectionism get to you.Just put to paper what comes to mind.this was the advice the book offered.

I found it very useful and it works for me not that i can call myself a writer or anything.

I forgot!one more thing.Never stop writing.All the best..