It's a wonderful experience putting words to paper
Writing is instinctual and habitual. It can be developed and improved with time. Some people write habitually, they say, since the feelings and emotions cannot be contained for long. They express themselves in writing.
Though contexts and styles of writing keep changing. Most of the modern writers didn’t believe much in emotions and feelings like the writers of earlier ages did.
Fear of criticism can also prevent many from writing. Some fears and anxieties are genuine, others are not. We always think of writing but stop at the very moment as we think of people’s response. We start to compare our own writing with others, and sometimes abandon the very idea of writing. This fear is shared and felt by every writer. Although there are certain writers who do not refrain from writing in any circumstance. They just write and even get published. Why?
There are people who express their happiness, dejection, solitude, misgivings, love, hatred and nostalgia in their writings and keep such writings for themselves only. They do not intend to write for others or put it out in the public platform. Shakespeare’s sonnets, for instance, were not meant to be public, they were written exclusively for someone. This kind of writing is the best form of expression and should be encouraged. For such a writer does not go into pedantry and erudition or for instance read the whole collection of books in the library to write something effective. Such a person cares only about lessening the burden from his or her heart and mind. One does not care about the vocabulary, correctness and coherence of language in such case. One writes for the sake of writing only. But that does not mean the sole purpose of writing. If writing comes out well, don’t just confine it to your note-book; try to edit and correct it. And when the time comes, it should be presented to people and left open for criticism. Criticism can be both affirmative and negative. Affirmative in the way, it allows you to evaluate your work and help you to reflect on your mistakes and reconsider your work. Mostly criticism is intended to be negative and not taken in the right spirit by a writer. One has to keep cool and chew on criticism and make the best of it. This sort of writing allows you to be what you are and appreciate what you pen down.
So comparing your writing to others only discourages you, and dejection follows. You have to compare yourself with yourself only. You have to write and measure how far you have gone in this journey of writing since you began. Count your own accomplishments of past and present. Compare your earlier writings with new writing and then you can accordingly work on producing better work. With the passage of time, you’ll become a genuine and a better writer.
(The writer is pursuing BA (hons) in English from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi)