Is it about ‘writing space’ or is it about some kind of ‘inspiration’ that is necessary to write? Is it only good imagination that gives rise to powerful writing?
Lately, I’ve been trying to find answers for these questions and have recently came across a tedtalk by Markus Zusak on yout tube.
Zusak who is an author of New York Times bestseller ‘The Book Thief’ explains that these are problems in life for which a person wants some solution and in order to get away from them, he becomes a writer.
This phenomenon sounds interesting to me and Harry Potter’s writer J. K Rowling came to my mind. Prior to publishing her novel, Rowling was going through lots of troubles in her life. She was a single mother and in absence of any kind of permanent job, she was in need of money.
Rowling’s strong imagination was the reason behind her success but there were also problems in her life which compel her to use her imagination in an effective way.
Reign of Queen Victoria in England is famous for its novelists and Charles Dickens is considered one of the greatest English writers of his time. When his father was in debtors’ prison, Dicken left school to work in factory. Dickens’ was quite young when he was forced to live a life away from his family and while working as a child, he experienced the problems which poor working class faced in society.
Facing issues and on getting first-hand experience of life, Dicken with the help of his imagination created some unforgettable characters in literature.
Wilkins Micawber, Ebenzer Scrooge and Oliver Twist are considered some of his memorable characters.
An author while writing her memoir writes “My sharpest memory is of a single instant surrounded by dark”
This means that there are dark moments in life which leave strong impression on our minds and writer is a sensitive person to express his emotions well from such moments.
Tolstoy in Anna Karenina writes “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
This shows that in unhappiness there are many shades while in happy moments we often don’t find much which can stir or move our soul. Troubles in life provide us with many ideas to get away from them.
It’s not always necessary for a writer to own some perfect writing space; it’s anywhere that an idea can strike him.
Going back to that tedtalk by Markus Zusak, he tells that while writing a draft for his book, he literally tore and threw away many pages. He was confused about selecting his narrator and while looking at the pile of crumpled papers, an idea came to his mind.
Previously when he was considering taking girl to be his narrator, he was facing lots of issues but when he decided to make death a narrator of his book, everything went smooth.
It was out of the box thinking and once the novel was well received, he concluded that his journey of writing ‘The Book Thief’ was not easy. He was sure that problems helped him in creating such a compelling piece of writing.
Now what do you think you require for your writing?