WHY I WRITE

I confess I stole this title from Joan Didion who in turn stole it from George Orwell.

But I decided to get back to blogging again…and that too on Facebook

I am not a writer.

I aspire to be one.

Only God know when I will have the time, gumption and serenity to write a whole book.

I have encouraged others. I have pushed them to the edge of the writer’s cliff. And uncannily managed to make them take the leap into the depths and oblivion of writing. When they actually landed…they had a book in their hands!

Me, I am still afraid to go to those lengths.

Although, hey…I have written several hundreds of articles. Completed safely much over five thousand of pages of study materials, including my PhD…and done a lot of magazine stuff. At one time writing articles for local newspapers.

But I am not a writer.

I aspire to be one.

Only God knows when I will have the time, gumption and serenity to write a whole book!

But I have begun to blog. So, help me God!

But just a small secret I learned a long time ago from reading Joan Didion. I was a very new Christian those days when I found one of her books at the ‘ruddiwala’ when I went off to sell old newspapers. I had no idea at that time but enjoyed her style of writing.

By the way, I still have that book I bought for three Rupees.

I learned this from her…

“The arrangement of the words matters, and the arrangement you want can be found in the picture in your mind.

The picture dictates the arrangement.

The picture dictates whether this will be a sentence with or without clauses, a sentence that ends hard or a dying-fall sentence, long or short, active or passive.

The picture tells you how to arrange the words and the arrangement of the words tells you, or tells me, what’s going on in the picture”.

I think you get the picture!

I didn’t for so many years…but now I feel I can understand!

So, here am I back on Facebook again…and blogging my heart out. Forgive the arrangements of my words…they tell of the arrangement of the pictures in my mind.

Cheers