Writing involves three simple ingredients:
First, one requires a muse that they are passionate about.
A thought, idea, feeling, person, experience, or anything under and beyond the Sun, that provokes them to feel strongly about it.
The second ingredient is a satisfactory vocabulary.
One need not know fifty three thousand seven hundred and thirteen words in order to construct a simple piece of poetry or prose. A mere five hundred words are enough, if used correctly. Economics taught me that quality production depends not on the quantity of the resources, but on how efficiently one utilizes the limited available resources, in order to fulfill their demands.
Ones vocabulary is their capital, their demand lay in their need to express. Writing shall satisfy this demand, along with others that they are unaware of, for it shall heal them and help them grow. But like all human wants, they shall never be truly satisfied, because writing is a drug that one voluntarily gets addicted to and no amount of consumption will ever quench the burning desire to write more. Like all drugs, the addiction gets stronger with each additional unit consumed; and, like drugs, writing is an exception to the law of diminishing marginal utility.
The third ingredient, is courage.
It takes immense strength to write, for it is a supremely personal art. One leaves themselves vulnerable to scrutiny by validating their thoughts, emotions and souls, with words. It takes courage to fearlessly speak about oneself and to accept criticism when one fails to put raw emotions into words poetically enough for it to be appealing on a superficial level, regardless of how deeply rooted the basis of a particular piece may be; suddenly, it is not a mere personal ideology, but something that needs to be designed with imagery and fine words. It is not mere creation, it is art.
It takes courage to decorate the crevices and shambles of instinctual emotions, with metaphors that move not only the readers’ heart and soul, but their imagination too.
It takes courage to fail to do so- and to find oneself standing naked, unable to conceal the cracks and follies within them, to be told that those very qualities that make an individual unique are not presented with enough flair for them to be considered artistic enough- and to continue attempting, in spite of countless such failures, to write and display oneself, repeatedly- it takes valor that must be respected and commended, regardless of the outcome.
Writing is quite like the economic definition of the term ‘demand’.
‘Demand’ refers to the desire, backed by the ability and willingness to purchase a commodity.
Writing includes the same three things: desire, ability and willingness.
It requires a desire to express- to be known, to be understood and to showcase.
It requires the ability to express adequately and competently. A desire that is not supported by the ability to achieve it, is an unfulfilled fantasy.
Nonetheless, the desire and ability to write are not enough. One may have the skill required to write, one may even want to write, but, until they deliberately attempt to indulge in the act, it is not a true demand for the art of words.
Writing is labor. Labor refers to any physical or mental tasks undertaken with an aim to achieve rewards.
Writing is both, physical and mental work and the reward, for most writers, is nothing but the satisfaction derived by creating a piece that is marveled at by not just their readers, but by themselves, a short while hence, when they revisit an old piece and are transported back to the time, place and emotion that sparked the need to capture it with words, which had been long forgotten until those words were chanced upon again.
Writing is construction.
It starts with the foundations, built upon, brick by brick, word by word; floor by floor, paragraph by paragraph. One builds, hypothetically, until the structure of thoughts are secured and the blueprint has been laid out.
Then, the decoration begins. Walls are strung with lights; carpets, tables, sofas and beds are placed, wardrobes are aligned- appropriate words are used to provide justice to the structure.
Writing is a weapon that can spark wars. There is, after all, a constant battle in the mind of a writer, while deciding what would be an acceptable style of phrasing and expressing. Victory is tough, for having defeated the opposing ideas and made a decision, one must then battle to be rightfully understood, for the motive and outcome may vastly vary and this variation may cause excruciating frustration.
Writing involves three basic ingredients and an inexorable passion.