What is it that you require to become a writer?

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Is it about ‘writing space’ or is it about some kind of ‘inspiration’ that is necessary to write? Is it only good imagination that gives rise to powerful writing?

Lately, I’ve been trying to find answers for these questions and have recently came across a tedtalk by Markus Zusak on yout tube.

Zusak who is an author of New York Times bestseller The book Thief explains that these are problems in life for which a person wants some solution and in order to get away from them, he becomes a writer.

This phenomenon sounds interesting to me and Harry Potter’s writer J. K Rowling came to my mind. Prior to publishing her novel, Rowling was going through lots of troubles in her life. She was a single mother and in absence of any kind of permanent job, she was in need of money.

Rowling’s strong imagination was the reason behind her success but that were also problems in her life which compels her to use her imagination in an effective way.

Reign of Queen Victoria in England is famous for its novelists and Charles Dickens is considered one of the greatest English writers of his time. When his father was in debtors’ prison, Dicken left school to work in factory. Dickens’ was quite young when he was forced to live a life away from his family and while working as a child, he experienced the problems which poor working class faced in society.

Facing issues and on getting first hand experience of life, Dicken with the help of his imagination created some unforgettable characters in literature.

Wilkins Micawber, Ebenzer Scrooge and Oliver Twist are considered some of his memorable characters.

An author while writing her memoir writes

” My sharpest memory is of a single instant surrounded by dark”

Which means that these are dark moments in life which leave strong impression on our minds and writer is a sensative person to express his emotions well from such moments.

Tolstoy in Anna Karenina writes

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Which shows that in unhappiness there are many shades while in happy moments we often don’t find much which can stir or move our soul. Troubles in life provides us with many ideas to get away from them.

It’s not always necessary for a writer to own some perfect writing space, it’s anywhere that an idea can struck him.

Going back to that tedtalk by Markus Zusak, he tells that while writing a draft for his book, he literally tore and threw away many pages. He was confused about selecting his narrator and while looking at the pile of crumpled papers, an idea came to his mind.

Previously when he was considering taking girl to be his narrator, he was facing lots of issues but when he decided to make death a narrator of his book, everything went smooth.

It was out of the box thinking and once the novel was well received, he concluded that his journey of writing The book thief was not easy. He was sure that problems helped him in creating such a compelling piece of writing.

Have you read this book by Markus Zusak? Do you agree that these are problems in life which often helps writer in his writing.

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Year 2017: That’s what I believe in…

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Since his birth man has endured many natural calamities and has faced various horrific incidents and today when he still exists on this planet earth then it is due to the strong will power of man that has always forced him to continue doing his resistance. Human brain, the marvel of Divinity is wired in a way that in any unusual circumstances it automatically starts working on finding the exit routes. The history of mankind is also witness to many such occasions when the mere show of courage and bravery on the part of man changed the entire course of human life. On unfolding the pages of the book of history, one can see that whenever human beings decided to confront the threat, life emerges from the debris of death. Therefore, I being an optimistic learner of life believe in this power of human courage and I trust on this show of human strength which in the midst of dark night can give birth to a bright sunshine.

Art in the form of literature and movies can be a depiction of life. They both have this strange capability of influencing our minds that writers have effectively used them to impart their messages. Ernest Hemingway the great American writer believes that courage is grace under pressure. His hero Robert Jordan in for whom the bell tolls remained true to his cause and by serving his nation embraced the courage of grace. The famous World War II movie Von Ryan’s express is a story of daring escape of allied prisoners of war by German occupied Italy. The inspiring collective effort of successful escape of those prisoners depict the power of human courage and when in the end the leader of the allied forces Col. Ryan got gunned down, we feel that human courage never shook for a second, for the ending dialogue “if only one gets out, it’s a victory” is a clear depiction of the height of the strength of human spirit.

It’s only the wise and intelligent man who knows the essence of time, he’s aware that time is limited and he knows that it’s useless to get trapped by Dogma in life and Galileo Galilei the great philosopher, astronomer and mathematician realizing this truth never backed off from his stance, he was of the view that earth moves around the sun. Orthodox Church posed great resistance for him but he remained committed. There is an example of Helen Keller whose struggle against all the hardships in her life is inspirational. She was the first deaf-blind person who earns a Bachelor of Arts degree. Finally, the great fighter Nelson Mandela believed that courage was not the absence of fear but triumph over it and those were his strong nerves that despite getting twenty years sentence in prison, he led a famous struggle that eventually gave rise to free South Africa.

Brave and courageous people are aware that if life is not about taking risks and making bold steps then it’s simply meaningless. J.K Rowling the famous children writer was aware that without courage nothing can be accomplished in life. Her manuscript of first Harry Potter novel was rejected multiple times. In those days she was newly divorced and was struggling to make both ends meet but she never lost her hope. Her strong imagination was her strength and once, her first novel got published the rest became history. The extraordinary show of courage by her characters in the magical world of Harry Potter has inspired many young minds in pursuing their dreams in life.

A mere look at our surrounding will reveal that a single drop of water might not hold that kind of importance but once it shakes hands with other drops, together they all become a reason of satiating the thirst of barren land. Such is the power in unity and the world saw the similar show of great human strength on July 16, 2016 in Turkey. The drama of military coup attempt reached its climax when the citizen’s hand-in-hand decided to confront the threat. Military was equipped and the people were bare-handed but lying in front of tanks they stopped the military advancement and together they proved that there’s no limit to the show of human strength.

Living in this world of uncertain events, I often get sad but no matter what I never lose my hope, for I believe that in the midst of all the darkness in life, it’s the power of human courage that makes all the difference.

I know there are problems but I’m hopeful, for I believe in strength of human courage that’s capable of performing many unbelievable tasks in life.