wordmusings

I am starting this blog to be able to write to my heart's content. I dont want to advertise this blog but I would want people to chance on it and give their comments. This is the first of many contradictions that will make up this blog

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Friday, July 20, 2007

A writer's life

A writer’s life has to be lonely.

A flash of illumination that struck me at 3 AM in the morning as I devoured through the ‘Boyhood’ and ‘Youth’ of JM Coetzee. It is the first time I am reading Coetzee. I get easily impressed but the charm of the first books I read of most authors stays alive, forever a warm memory.

I have read enough about authors who claim that the art of fiction is always to mix and match. A nose of your first cousin, the sexual escapades of your grand aunt, the secret cupboard of your grandfather, the sing-song guffaws of your colleague at work – and there you have it, your original character.

Maybe it works, but only if you write for yourself shielded from readers, judgements.
Else, there is nowhere to hide.

It doesn’t matter how clever you are at deception. Or how many readers you have. You will most definitely have 4; your first cousin, your grand aunt, your grandfather and your colleague – and no place in their lives henceforth.

Because it is always easier to write about what is wrong in a person, like a cartoonist who exaggerates trivial flaws. Good is boring. It is the dark, the quirky and the hidden that excites.

Honesty cannot be masked. As in life, so in writing. And only the brave can be unfailingly honest. Because what you really know; deeply, intimately – is only your life (if that).
To be a writer is to betray everyone you know – an offence nakedly visible, at least to all betrayed.
And it is to give birth to a suspicion in everyone else as to whether they are next in line.

To be a writer is to lose spontaneity in friendships; to give up on relationships.

A writer’s life has to be lonely.

6 Comments:

Blogger Jiby said...

very true...some interesting stories i have which i would love to "fictionalize" are people close to me...i always wonder if i should wait for them to move away from me/alienate myself before i use them for my selfish purposes.

rajesh, very thought-provoking post man...you have it in you to become a novelist...i feel that every time i read your writing.

July 21, 2007  
Blogger Rajesh said...

Jiby

Thanks.
And why arent you writing any new stories? I regret my comments on your blog. Please don't make me regret them more.

July 21, 2007  
Blogger alakananda said...

aha, now u know why i hesitate to write. why my novel still lies languishing. i am scared to tread on toes.

July 26, 2007  
Blogger Meril said...

time to write another one

October 07, 2007  
Blogger Neil Padayatty said...

My first attempt ended when I realised I was talking from outside, not inside. The inside is where the real story is. And I am working myself towards a certain liberation when I'll write unashamed.

February 24, 2008  
Blogger Rajesh said...

Neil...

Has to be. I dont think there is any other way. And I doubt whether there is anything more difficult...:-)

February 24, 2008  

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