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RAMBLINGS ON THE WRITER’S DEPTH

There is something about the depth of the artiste – it is only gotten by going into the heart of this one. Several years ago, I would marvel at the profoundness of the works of lots of literary maestros. The depth of their creative springs and reaches left me bedazzled. I started writing, churning out tales easily with poetry and the seeming ‘myth’ of the work put into writing lost its hold on me: these were simply creative works thrown out. Unnecessary attention was usually given them – I thought. I read some critiques to show the pretensions of people’s works. But then, I got to change yet again as I became more of a writer by reading and growing values that I would hold on to.

Writing, which was overtly easy to me, became harder. Each word became important – what message is this giving? Does it speak what I want? Does it tell what I represent? Many thoughts died with words stifled out till at some point, it became somewhat more possible (but not easier) to churn out words. Poems and other write-ups took longer time and more edits. My being went into the process.

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Where is this leading to?

IT brought me to realize that the depths I had seen in works several years ago were, in many cases, for real. I do not doubt that certain writers simply write without thinking. I do not doubt that several writers don’t write what they preach. Yet I know a whole lot do. It is these ones that make the reading worth the while, most of the times. The ones that make the name ‘writer’ worth wearing with pride. I should add: I also know there are certain writers who just write for the heck of it but I guess you have an idea of those I am talking about. Maybe I am even talking to you now.

There’s no art to finding the mind’s construction in the face rings true in this case too. You have to read the work and in some cases, know the writer deeply to know if both tally: You make your analysis of a work and if you know the author well you can tell if it is a reflection of his/her thoughts or simply a blessing of some muse on a(n) (un)deserving ass (pun intended).words1-220x220

I do not doubt the humanity of the writer. I believe it greatly and know they are more human than many with their foibles, mistakes and all. Now, does it matter that almost everyone on the road or in their room for that matter claims to be a writer? I don’t really think so. What separates (the) writer(s) is the depth of thought that (s)he has come to garner and yes, experience too. It comes from the study of several ones – in books read. The experience in a rich life lived, no matter how such. It’s the varying experience carried. A writer who hasn’t read is not really a writer worth much salt. A writer who hasn’t lived really, hasn’t lived.
(Yes, yes, importantly, there’s skill too and the unseen magic wand – hand? – of the editor)

I have studied several works and had the pleasure of meeting, interacting and enjoying the unique grace of the friendships of many writers. The true writer still exists and I have seen him and her severally. I get to discover that what I thought of some of their work was far less than what lay therein. They – most writers – are far deeper. It has been very humbling but worth it all. To know these people who are peculiar yet similar in many lights. These ones who would many times just want to be alone to access the recesses of their innermost beings or others who would just want to go out and get it. These ones who look at a bland wall and discover lines to leave others amazed.

All this has made sense why some artistes would risk it all for their craft. It makes sense why a lot of them see that there’s a lot they can offer in words and actions. It’s in the definition of that depth that has become them from all they have drunk of and become – of the words of others, of the life they have lived.

For every true writer, there’s a depth…

Phoneys, have fun. Children, enjoy. Writers, live on.

 

 

(Reblogged from…years ago.)

 

Happy February everyone. May each day smile for you.

Cheers!

 

Thought for the day:

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11 thoughts on “RAMBLINGS ON THE WRITER’S DEPTH

  1. This is interesting, certainly food for thought. In simpler forms: What would you define as being a ‘writer’? And I guess you’d class yourself as one? Does a writer have to evoke their thoughts and theories as eloquently as you just have?

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    1. Oh well, maybe not. There are different types of writers, no?

      No, for the sake of this conversation let me hide behind the ‘No, I would not class myself as one’… 🙂

      In the professional circles, particularly in Nigeria, writers are largely meant to have a cause which they work towards. It is like what Chinua Achebe would say: art for art’s sake is like deodorised dog shit or so.

      That said, I believe that whether we know it or not, many times in our writings we project something which many times we might – or might not – even know exist. See you for instance…. There are so many things that one can get from reading even few lines of yours. A writer worth the person’s salt always leaves something in your mind.

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      1. I’d categorise you as a writer. You’re definitely far too modest. I was just particularly interested on your definition of a writer is all 😊

        Ahh yes you’re right about that. But then again, someone who writes is often times trying to get a specific point across no? And thank you.

        From reading your writing I can definitely tell you’re into literature, the English language, poetry etc. I mean your credentials speak for themselves

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        1. Yup, many times writers try to get specific points across… But some are just so good and pass so many messages, you just wonder ‘How on earth?’
          When I see the hardwork a lot of people put into their work, I am just humbled. Like, a friend just published a novel he had been working on for ten years! The title is ‘The Extinction of Menai’ … You should see if you can get it. I can assure you that it will be worth your while.

          Yeah, I am into literature and writing in all forms! You should be able to tell, I am a big fan of your blog and your writings. Also into development writing… What kind of writings get your attention? And what are you studying in school? Did I miss that on your blog? (*covers face)

          Happy Sunday.

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  2. Su’eddieeeee!
    Its so good to see you again! Man, I’ve been gone long sha. Even missed wishing you happy birthmonth and celebrating with you.

    But don’t worry, I’m back. Honestly, its good to see you.

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    1. See this one! Where did you run to? Where have you been? How many years ago did anybody see you last? Subman! What happened to your blog sef?

      C’mon! Where are you and what have you been up to?

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