The empty garden was made more beautiful with the presence of his friends. Separation had made them fonder in his eyes, and not that they were here, they couldn’t stop talking. Back and forth; it was like a dance.
A minute later, he was reminded he was alone in the room, hoping for what had already been lost. He stopped staring at the wall and switched on the television.
In the map above, you can see the big green thing called “Shivaji Park”. That is a huge, open ground in Matunga, Mumbai, India. If you walk from my home, you’ll get there in about 20-25 minutes. Its been somewhere I’ve gone many, many, many times over the 17 years I’ve spent on Earth.
Since I was born, I’ve lived in the same home as I do now so I know this neighbourhood, and beyond, very well. Shivaji Park has been so useful to the people living in this area, the area itself is now called the Shivaji Park locality. There’s people who come to walk, run, exercise in the gym situated in it, walk their pets, eat at any of the numerous eateries that have sprung up around this landmark or watch the sea that is just a crosswalk away from the park.
There’s number of reasons why Shivaji Park is so close to me. There’s another garden close to it where my parents often go for their evening walks. They’ve been doing so for maybe 10 years now, and I go there often with them. Sometimes we ditch that place and go walk at Shivaji Park instead. One of my aunt’s house is 5 minutes away from this garden, and she has a beautiful dog, so I often go there just to goof around with him. And Shivaji Park is another 5 minutes from her house so after I’ve been to her place I’ll go to Shivaji Park to have a bite, or just sit for a while. There’s also a Crossword Book Store right across Shivaji Park, by the seaside, a perfect place to go and just read for hours on end. (Sidebar: Their variety and overall quality of books has steadily gone down over the years so its not that great of a place, but they’re still well-stocked.) And now, my college is 5 minutes away from Shivaji Park as well. Its like a triangle, college on one side, Crossword completely opposite, on the other side, and the garden and my aunt’s place complete’s the triangle. I’ve already spent a year and two to three months at the college I’m at and I will probably be at the same college for another three years, at least, so I’m going to be frequenting Shivaji Park a lot.
You know, the thing about Shivaji Park is that its one of those places that doesn’t change much with time. Like, sure, there’s gradual development in terms of infrastructure and all, but other than that every time you go there, it seems like the very place you’ve spent so many great moments at. Its charm doesn’t dull with time.
Writing is a topic that obviously means a lot to me.The first Awesome Quotes was dedicated to quotes about writing and it deserves to have a second edition in Awesome Quotes.
So here is a new collection of quotes about writers, the writing process and more!
“There is only one plot – things are not what they seem.” – Jim Thompson
Food for thought.
“A fiction writer is nothing more than the ambassador of an alternative world of their own design. Their success dwells in how many people their work entices to relocate.” – Carl Henegan
“A critic can only review the book he has read, not the one which the writer wrote.” – Mignon McLaughlin
Can’t help smiling away at how accurate this is.
“As a writer, one is allowed to have conversations with oneself. What is considered sane in writers is mad for the rest of the human race.” – Alan Ayckbourn
So, I guess, I’m not paranoid.
“It’s often said that writers sometimes need to go around the block a few times to get where they’re going.” – Christopher Bram
Kinda like warming up before the game.
“People visit exposed and vulnerable; writers live there.” – Alisa Hope Wagner
Still smiling away at the accuracy.
“Flow is something the reader experiences, not the writer.” – Verlyn Klinkenborg
“I only write when I’m inspired, and I make sure I’m inspired every morning at 9 a.m.” – Peter De Vries
Teach me, O great master.
“Write what should not be forgotten.” – Isabel Allende
Easier said than done.
“A classic is a book that doesn’t have to be written again.” – W.E.B. Du Bois
Aaaaand that’s it for this week’s Awesome Quotes! Hope you were smiling away at all the accuracy as well. If you write then you definitely were. If you don’t write but are thinking of starting, these quotes either galvanised you to face the rigours of this work or you’re all like, “Chuck that crap.” Me? I’m somewhere in the middle. (Aren’t all of us once we’ve seen both sides of writing?)
Also, these Awesome Quotes aren’t over until I remind you to check in next Friday. So, yeah you know the drill, come back next Friday for more Awesome Quotes that reaffirm the wacky truths you’ve been suspecting of the human ‘civilisation’ (ironically derived from the word ‘civil’) and steel you to face aforementioned ironically named civilisation.
The number of pages it feels like you have to read when you start studying just a day before (unless it actually is a thousand pages, in which case you should have started studying much before. Shame on you).
The number of hours it feels like you have to pass when you have absolutely nothing to do (maybe, that’s a bit exaggerated but you get the idea).
Also the number of views this blog has received as of a couple days back, after writing for just over eight months. And that’s awesome as hell. Its awesome as hell. Thank you everybody. Doesn’t matter if you’ve just seen this blog just once (you’re seeing it now so that makes it twice) or if you’ve been a regular visitor, you all make a difference. To me. Do keep visiting, its you guys that keep this thing ticking. That keep me ticking. Its the viewers who are always the ones behind all the motivation. Thank you, all of you guys, once again.
At the expense of being very blunt, I’m going to say that writing can be very tough. Getting someone to read what you’ve written can be even tougher.
I don’t mean to disconcert those just starting out in this very competitive but equally rewarding field that demands you to be constantly spewing out word after word, page after page. Hell, I’m just starting out in this field too. And at first, this fact probably disconcerts all. I hope it does. You are constantly reminded that you need to find inspiration and put pen to paper (or fingers to keys, whichever works for you) and this, sort of prompt, pushes you to write. Fear isn’t bad until you allow it to be so.
However stupid or illogical it may sound, inspiration is everywhere. Not all of us find inspiration in the same things, people or places, obviously. Inspiration doesn’t necessarily have to mean complete ideas of what you should, must or want to write. That would just be plagiarism. No, inspiration can mean different things to different people. Two things that mesmerise and intrigue me to no extent are clouds and the sky, its hues, shades, the fact that it is basically endless. I find a lot of my ideas when I’m just staring away into the sky, admiring the patterns that the clouds make, some thin and wispy, others thick and bulbous.
And that’s all well and good, but there are no local inspiration stores and at times it disappears as swiftly as it came to you. And that’s why you have to create inspiration. And that’s obviously easier said than done. I ain’t got no philosophy to that because it is as elusive to me as it is to you. Probably more.
Sometimes I catch myself backspacing a lot. Or scratching out what I just wrote, if I’m using pen and paper. And it’s not always because there was a mistake or I wrote a word in the wrong tense or anything. Its because there’s this little thing inside all of us called The Critic, whose job is conveniently described in his name. And he’s arguably the worst critic of all physically existent as well as non-existent critics. Trust me, he’s the worst. I can’t seem to emphasise that enough. I’ve been at the mercy of that critic for a long time but his words slowly mean less to me although they are always taken into consideration but never shown the way to the heart. We must all show this critic his place and keep him there.
Recently I’ve been a little off with all the fiction writing and all and I thought it was because I wasn’t giving it enough time or I didn’t have inspiration. I found out that, yes, I wasn’t giving it enough time but the inspiration was there all along. I even wrote down lots and lots of ideas down in my notebook or in the note-taking app I have. Why I couldn’t materialise that is a lot of factors actually: I was out holidaying and returned just before Christmas after which I had to complete pending college work while also studying for my tests (which just got over today (yayy)).
So, today I was just staring into the sky, because I have nothing to do for a few days now since college is temporarily closed for us 11th graders, and I got to thinking about why I’ve been writing relatively less fiction lately and I came up with this idea of sharing what I’ve learnt about writing over the short number of years I’ve been writing.
This is intended to be motivating and uplifting when you’re fishing for words to put on that blank page or generally when you’re looking down the barrel of another barren, wordless day. Or anytime, really. Reminding myself of these things definitely motivates me.