Around the world

They say silence is golden, but I disagree. Especially when you are talking about one’s blog. I asked Arun once how he keeps writing all his stuff. It is a cultivated habit, according to him. For someone who has published more than one book, that sounds pretty normal. But, I am no writer, and unless one gets time to think, what would one write?

The last few weeks have been hectic — work, travel, timezones, jetlags, and more work. I have lost track of date/days. I am in Phoenix now. Was in Mountain View last week, the next week in San Francisco, the week after Pune and then Kerala. This, is round the world in 30 days.

  • ani sharma

    cultivated writing is, to me, just that – cultivated. perhaps an easier and more honest approach would be to write whatever comes to your mind. once you start, you will realise it is not so tough. you dont need to be a writer. all you need is honesty. unless of course, you are writing to impress…

  • mich

    yeah right… and who’s doing the counting may i ask?

  • Aditya

    I think this is an extremely pertinent point. I see two angles to it.

    Writing because you have something to say

    Writing because it gives you (and hopefully others) pleasure

    Apart from that – the stuff that makes writing is always happening behind the scenes; isn’t it?

    “… the last syllable of recorded time” (Old Bill not mine :-))

  • Arun

    I am back to my favourite take on the subject: writing is not difficult because like any other craft, you can teach yourself to do it. With practice, it becomes easier, more fluid, takes less time and fewer words. Certainly, you can’t incubate a Hemmingway inside you this way. But surely, you can’t want to be a Hemmingway! You are either Hemmingway or you aren’t. If you are, well, three cheers, writing isn’t a craft anymore for you 🙂

    I also come from the standpoint of having been a journlist for most of my working life, making a living from reporting as opposed to being `creative’. If you are a journalist, your profession allows no room for creativity – it better not.

    As for the books that Sinoj mentions, well, I got away from the tyranny of being “creative” by promising myself to never attempt another.

    So, is non-creative writing bad? I suspect not. Last evening I read a wonderful matter of fact entry in my Encyclopeadia of Medicine for the Common Man on colic pain. It was educative, helpful and reassuring. What more could one have asked from the writer?

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