BY PURVI RADIA | NT BUZZ
Creative writing comes with experience, it cannot be taught. It has to be established right from childhood. So develop the urge for writing through poems, novels and blogs say Goan writers and poets to the youth
Being a creative writer does not mean anyone can start writing.
Savia Viegas, who has written several novels says, “A writer should have the urge to write,” adding, “It is the inner fire that captures one’s observation into a structure of sentences.”
Nobody can be taught to write, says Savia, who began writing at the age of 40. Creative writing is fulfilling. It allows life experiences to flow in a rhythm and is also a healing medium, which is relative, says Savia. One requires to be exposed, be it natural calamities, inhuman destruction and any adverse denomination hurting humans and nature to develop the writer within. “Today, the transformations in society are causing desensitization among human beings. People should read good books to be sensitive to things happening around them, cultivate the power of observation to develop character and intimacy with nature which creates the inclination towards writing,” said author, Damodar Mauzo.
Aptitude for creative writing makes the fingers constantly itch with the urge to pick up a pen and pour thoughts onto paper. And this itch will never die. Inspiration casts a spell on a person and ignites creative feelings. Mauzo says that even though ideas strike, they are not alone enough to make one a creative writer. Ideas need to be disciplined. Savia says that at present we are starving for ideas, but if you can play with words and can use a rich vocabulary then there is nothing like it.
The author of ‘let me tell you about Quinta’ remembers a number of instances in relation to ideas: “I know a lady writer who carries with her a small writing pad to jot down ideas every time they pass through her mind. There are a few who if struck by an idea at night, just before falling asleep, write it on the walls.”
However, if creativity is not enhanced or inculcated right from childhood, it is lost. And for that matter, Savia says, that it is we (teachers and parents) who has never sown the seeds for them to be writers; it is always the thought of being an engineer or doctor that is germinated. “The major cause is that the knowledge of languages is functional. Our education system is straight and narrow unlike the system abroad where medical students can simultaneously opt for creative writing. Literature has rich nuances that has phased out with modern life. Teachers should make the connection, revive the culture of storytelling and inculcate creative writing,” says Savia.
“Youth should also seek guidance from eminent writers and I am sure we have many in Goa – one is Sudhir Kakar, another is Amitav Ghosh and the list goes on. They should attend literally festivals,” says Damodar. Whilst Savia says “Goa is a vibrant state and beyond tourism there is the pulse of writing that throbs.” “Youngsters do have the knack for creative writing, but it has to be channelised towards contemporary writing,” says Manohar Shetty, a poet, who has written several poems on the destruction of nature in Goa.
Of the projects given to students a majority of the material is copied from the internet. Savia says internet can be a dangerous medium. Material should be absorbed well and then filtered. Quick deadlines at times create a tussle between opting for originality and quick and easy internet information.
There were times, when writers came out to discuss various issues which would then fuel thoughts for writing. That culture has long since died out and now the newer internet forums have emerged to give platform to creative writers to express their feelings. One among them is blogs. Savia says, “If it [blog] is the new medium of creative expression and communication, then so be it. They are the mediums that excite youngsters because they are on their computers for long hours.”
Poems, novels, fictions can give form to creative writing. Manohar Shetty says, “It is vivid imagination that connects to the reality around us that gives form and structure to poems. Poems make memories in a structure that is rhythmic.”
Continue writing and don’t wait for gratification says Damodar on a parting note.