Thu 30 Dec 2010
Reasons I write: The points below are in random order because all are significant to me. Perhaps in the future, I will add to this list, but I strongly feel that the writer within must be continuously motivated to pursue one of the most wonderful arts in the world – Writing.
Well, then why are new human beings with artistic or some other talent being sent on the planet by some higher force up there? There has to be a reason behind this! I am sure God wants more writers to create magic through their words and make this world a better place. Just as a singer sings to emote their feelings or thoughts, and a dancer dances in a certain manner to convey their expression; similarly, a writer writes to convey specific feelings and thoughts, which may be their own or may simply be a part of their imagination, or be a part of the thoughts and feelings of the characters or situation that the writer may have imagined. When we decorate our homes, we decorate it as per our choice, temperament, frame of mind, and sometimes we use someone else’s choice or opinion to decorate the room! Similarly, a writer also decorates his or her work in a certain manner that depicts or may not depict what he or she is like within. A prerequisite for good writing is attention from the heart and soul, not just the mind.
Peace is highly essential for a writer and something no artist can do without. I would actually like to equate peace with confidence. If there is peace within, then a good story can definitely be brought out on paper. Ironically, I somehow also feel that a bit of angst is also necessary in a writer’s life, but it should be used sparingly. Sometimes angst can be a great propeller and can aid any artist to reveal the art dormant within. However, this angst should be minimal, not enough to hurt intentionally, but strong enough to reveal the art within. Fortunately, the resultant effort for any writer from this place of equanimity also eventually leads to sublime expression and this expression can in turn lead to subtle peace.
Optimum mysticism is how I would define “Optimism”. Optimism here is about looking at the bright side of life, and the more you look at the bright side of life, the brighter it becomes! I truly believe every writer deserves the best; every writer should find their niche and go after it with enthusiasm and an inherent passion for the art. Optimism is an anodyne for any writer. Moreover, writing brings out that spark and optimism in my life, all the time. In fact, writing and optimism co-exist — they depend on each other, and influence each other.
I write for the love of life; I write because I breathe, and I live because I write. It is as simple as that. Most writers and individuals who consistently write and consistently get published do so because, they love writing. There is no other reason for it. Firstly, a true writer writes for the love of the craft. If at all there are other reasons, they would queue up behind this “Love for writing”. If this love dies, then perhaps, their writing would too.
I write because it gives me a sense of who I am , it gives me a sense of who I can be, and it also gives me a sense of who I always am and will be. That is my duty to my self, to the world around me and to those who support me. But, at the end of it all, I just get stronger as a writer, with time. And because time flies like a smiling butterfly, I pray that my writing continues to smile.
Writing aids my growth as a person; it enables me to deliver the potential within. There are some talented writers alive and some, who are no longer with us — they are the ones I look up to, and am completely inspired by — they have become my mentors, even though I may or may not have met them. And not just writers, I feel the same for some artists and wonderful individuals who provide me with a high quality of quintessential learning. Even when I write here for on this wonderful site, something very unique and inspiring draws me to this platform. All this is tremendous learning for me. I believe every writer has a unique talent, but without perseverance, this talent cannot be brought out. I have my own unique style of writing, and my endeavor is to build on this god-gifted skill. For me, it is simply about being the best I can be, trying to find the best within me, and dig deep into the hidden reserves of energy and talent so that I can add to the beauty in the world, via the written form.
Finally, I write because writing is also “romance” to me. I can “romance life” through the written form — indulge in the beauty of art, literature, culture and aesthetics. Every artist wants freedom, wishes to be by themselves at times and simply embrace the beauty of the universe in their own chosen and unique way. Writing does that for me. To me, writing is equal to romance, and it actuates a better quality of life by providing me with better quality of thoughts, feelings, emotions, ethics and happiness.
Trisha Bhattacharya lives in Kolkata. She has published short stories and poems in The Times of India and Fashion and Beyond. Her website link iswww.trishabhattacharya.wordpress.com.