Monday, December 22, 2008

many elves make light words



"Jesus, where the hell is everybody when they first deliver the typing paper? Where are all the "helpers" when those boxes full of silence come in? Blank. Both sides. No clues, no instructions enclosed on how to take just twenty-six letters and endlessly rearrange them so that you can turn them into a mirror of a part of our lives. Try it sometime."

-Larry Gelbart


I loved todays quote. (Scroll down page to see my daily-writer-quote widget thingie.

Anyway, it got me thinking... About how lonely the writing process can be; and yet there's a whole new world of fantasy and creativity open to the writer. And then, when the sheaths of paper are sitting in front of you, some black and white ramblings crawling over the once blank canvas; you the writer need to do some publishing. Well, in the world of publication, you will meet two types of person.

It's not all that complicated.

There will be some who will shun your work. That's expected. There will be some who will be downright rude. You will not get any straight answers. Or you will get the worse end of it. They all fall into the broad category first kind.
And then, there will be those second category ones who will be your angels in disguise. I say disguise because they're not always obvious. But every once in a while, you will cross paths with them and feel their warmth. Simple emails, a note, a word, a comment at the right place at the right time. Whoever doesn't believe in the single thread of energy that binds us is in denial. It's really as simple as that.

Some writer friends have had some wonderful experiences in the creative world. And some have had some horrendous and heartbreaking ones. Life toughens you. But this is a whole new schoolyard!

Someone thanked me last week for a piece of simple information/advice. Simple, but relevant at the time. And since information is never our own, just more energy to be shared along the way, I did just that. Someone has done good things for me before me. And hopefully the person I passed this on to, will do the same further along the line. So then, no need for elaborate thanks. It's enough to know that the spirit will just keep going. I am rewarded every day. How else will I show my appreciation?

So, here's to writing.

8 comments:

seher's shenanigans said...

as always...
you spread the colors on the blank canvas and let your hands work the magic.
bravo!

KimyaShafinaaz said...

i always liked fingerpainting :)

heya seher! thanks for that lady...

Anonymous said...

How are you, Ms Writer?

JT

greengeisha said...

Here's to writing!

Anonymous said...

Your writing is always a joy to read my dear.

RP
Delhi

Azra said...

Information definitely does not belong to us :D

I'd like to think that we are bound to all that we know...and all that we dont know. Ultimately, many hands make the pie. What we learn from others only enriches what we already have. We are assets to each other :)

Azra said...

We are assets to each other Miss S. We enrich each others lives, thats what the human race is there for. No man is an island.

KimyaShafinaaz said...

JT, hey... :) Im good thnx.

GG, Ritu, Azra...
Thanks for the thoughtful comments :)