- The power to express one’s self most difficult and the grandest
- Hardships faced by a creative writer
- The effect of a creative writing
- The creative writer having his own philosophy of life
- His inspiration from nature
- His language
- His place in society
The art of expressing one’s self on paper is one of the grandest, but one of the most difficult to acquire. To attain the power to express your heart’s longings, your soul’s aspirations, to enable you to voice your hopes and aspirations, to describe life as you see it, is the work of years of hard and persistent practice.
The creative writer spends years and years to attain this proficiency. He burns mid-night oil to grasp human nature. He is rich in the experience of life. He makes a close observation of incidents and situations from everyday life. He is medicine to society. It is he who discovers a cure for society’s sufferers. It is he who weeps and wails on the human’s slavery. It is he who broadens men’s outlook of life. It is he who infuses new spirit into human beings. It is he who gives vent to the pent up feelings of others. It is he who teaches them to act and live. The creative writer weeps at night and keeps in his mind the slave who grind, and the free who rules.
Some imperishable poems and immortal bits of prose have been elaborated during years of thought and patient endeavour of fitting expression, which would stand the test of time. Men who have written for immortality have put weeks, months, years perhaps, into a poem or a chapter. The creative writer writes because he loves to write not because he has to say something. He feels a mission to write. The creative writer makes his reader feels what he feels him. His subject drowns him in the very depth of his being. His every word is like a livewire, full of electricity, running over with energy. Every line sends a thrill over the reader. He rouses the mental faculties and stirs the soul. Every thrill of joy, every blow of sorrow, everything which had entered into his life seems to quiver in his words the whole page seems to be throbbing with human interest, warm with sympathy, pulsating with life. His writing is a panorama of his experiences. Every sentence seems a cross section of some part of his life.
Man’s nature is to create something out of something. It is God who creates something out of nothing. Haali, Iqbal were great creative thinkers. Haali drew the picture of nation-perished glory into beautiful verses. It was Iqbal who taught the nation how to regain lost paradise.
The creative writer has his own philosophy of life. He believes that life is to achieve something. Life is to act and live. Life is to advance. He has high ideals in life. He believes that life is to soar upwards on the wings of aspirations. Plain living and high thinking is the aim of his life. He teaches the people that they are not here to wander, to dream and to drift. They have hard work to do and heavy loads to lift so they should not shun struggle. The creative writer tries to . demolish might and establish right in the world. He revolutionizes the whole world. He elevates mankind. He sublimates mankind. He believes that self-deprecation destroys dignity, the world loves the man who has the courage to stand erect, to think his own thoughts, to live his own life, and to call himself every inch a man. “No man,” says Emerson, “can be cheated out of an honorable career in life unless he cheats himself.”
The creative writer derives inspiration from nature. He goes deep into nature. He reveals the secrets of stars and atoms. He discovers unknown lands. He acclaims that there are world and world beyond the sun and the moon. He goads the people to rise and create a new world. He excites the people not to sit still. He provokes them to heal the wound of man and remove the scar of the moon. He derives inspiration from physics and chemistry.
The ever-living authors have expressed their thoughts in transparent language. They have chosen words, which exactly fit the thought. They have left no traces of any thing perishable, which time can corrode or affect and so they live always. What power will time ever have to erase a single sentence from, Long Fellow’s “psalm of life,” or Shakespeare’s ‘divine creations’? How many centuries and ages, think you would obliterate Iqbal’s verses of Gray’s Elegy?
The society gives high place to the creative thinker. He is ‘esteemed everywhere. He is a great benefactor of humanity. So he is honoured everywhere. He is sung everywhere.
When he reads he reads
For a glorious life
When he writes he writes
For a victorious strife
When he preaches he preaches
God’s oneness alone
When he impeaches he impeaches
Worship of “star” and “stone”
When he prays he prays
To the One Great God,
When he frays he frays
With every god for God
This is what he does
In his weal and woe
The creative writer does not cover up his thought by useless verbiage. He uses clear, simple language. His immortal thoughts are empty of superfluous expression. He writes in the spirit of a lover and not that of a slave. He writes because he loves to write, not because he has to say something. He feels a mission to write before he can say anything worth reading.