Posts Tagged ‘ creativity ’

Afternoon Roar – Putting it out there

I love writing. This prompted me to start numerous blogs now under the unattended, dilapidated, wilted and deleted category. Unfortunately, the fervor and zeal while registering for a blog couldn’t ensure its sustenance. Hell, after a week I couldn’t even recall the user name or password. I quit being a slave to an internet giant to focus on my writing and start living life and find a more creative means of employment. I am still in search of the last one.

After I quit my job, I spent a month to unlearn the writing style I picked up on the job. During this, I realized that creativity takes an immense amount of discipline and experimentation. Yep, it was easier to be in a rut and churn sub standard writings under the pretexts of creativity and time zones. I decided to revive this blog and test my writing. In the month of November, I decided to write everyday/afternoon on – life, politics, chocolates, terror, India, cricket, social events. Come rain or sun I would write.

After a few posts, I noticed the blog stats were hardly ticking. The thought that at least I was writing to one lurker wasn’t highly inspirational. I came across a notepad titled Ted Talks with Elizabeth Gilbert. I was aware of the hype surrounding her book Eat, Pray, Love but still wanted to read the book. I Googled ‘Elizabeth Gilbert’ and was directed to her website. She has written a piece which highlights her sheer fervor for writing.

Elizabeth writes, “….Wasn’t that the point of the creation – to communicate something to the world? So PUT IT OUT THERE. Send your work off to editors and agents as much as possible, show it to your neighbors, plaster it on the walls of the bus stops – just don’t sit on your work and suffocate it. At least try. And when the powers-that-be send you back your manuscript (and they will), take a deep breath and try again. I often hear people say, “I’m not good enough yet to be published.” That’s quite possible. Probable, even. All I’m saying is: Let someone else decide that. Magazines, editors, agents – they all employ young people making $22,000 a year whose job it is to read through piles of manuscripts and send you back letters telling you that you aren’t good enough yet: LET THEM DO IT. Don’t pre-reject yourself. That’s their job, not yours. Your job is only to write your heart out, and let destiny take care of the rest.”

I know I have read many pieces as above and made a mental note. But, this one really did manage to strike a chord with me. ‘Put it out there’ and ‘pre-reject’ reverberated in my monologues. This helped me to tame and tone my writing something close to sensible everyday. 38 posts in the month of November and 300 hits on my blog. Extremely delighted with the small step. I ain’t going to make this an Oscar moment. Thanks to Gilbert and everyone who has clicked, lurked and commented.

You can read the complete version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s thoughts on writing here.

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The Road to Creativity –

Yesterday I decided that today would be a verb oriented day. Early morning made the much awaited trip to the ad agency. Encountered a hectic morning after a long time. Almost forgot the knack of running around the house hunting for things.

The road to creativity took a train and a bus ride. Reached to find out that the Creative Director (CD) is not in town. So much for verbs! Yes, I hear you lurkers. Every time I call, it starts to pour heavily, making it impossible to travel.

Traveling the first time by local trains in God’s own country. Managed to find a place to stand. The train journey was insightful. My inner monologues kept me entertained. Thoughts on how people manage to break away from their routine life in search of experiences to unearth life. What does it mean to be passionate? Is it over rated? Is passion powered by publicity? Does passion needs analytical skills or you follow your heart. How much can failure and disappointment dent passion? Can passion pay your bills?

Don’t have straight answers for any of the above questions.

I love writing, I know that much now. Had a chance to listen to Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of ‘Eat, Love, Pray’ on Ted Talks on nurturing creativity. Absolutely loved it. Sharing the link with you lurkers.

http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html