The Writer’s Genie!

Occupied by the random thoughts, I rest in my own space.
I, my mind and the solitude, with no-one else at the place.
Out of the blue, with no consent, I sense someone is here.
Offers me his inventiveness, and demands me to adhere.

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Being a few posts old as a blogger, I’ve observed some common things that I’m sure every writer or any person involved in creative work would relate to.

  1. It’s Not You. It’s The Genie.

Ever wondered how, from nowhere you get the notions? The amazing ideas worth a million that you just can’t afford to miss.
Does it come from you – the Self?

                Ray Bradbury – “Surprise is where creativity Comes In

                Euginia Herlihy – “Creativity is an endless source that Comes From Above…”

People from the ancient Greece and Rome believed that creativity didn’t belong to a person, but was a divine spirit that often came to human from a distant unknowable source. It’s the Genie!

  1. Don’t Trust The Genie.

Remember the time when you were writing, you began with a connection towards your subject. The sense of immersion that led to a beautiful thought flow and proper eloquence in the content.

What happened then?

Suddenly you’re drawn back to the NOW moment – the reality and that disrupts the imagination. The obsession is gone.  The Genie is gone, leaving you half-way with HIS piece of work.

Philip Guston – “I go to my studio every day, because one day I may go and the Angel will be there. What if I don’t go and the Angel came?”

  1. The Struggles You Face Alone.

Well, you could be one of those principled Humanitarians, who believes in ‘Finish What You Started’. But the fact is, you didn’t start it. You were just an intermediate, between the source and the outcome.

You finally decide to be the better person and do your part of the deal. You decide to complete HIS piece of work and keep writing!

You try and give your best, but it just wouldn’t turn as good as the Genie’s (HIS piece of work). You crawl, you grumble, you go beyond your limits and by some means conclude your conclusion. With a sigh of relief, you read through the entire work.

  1. The Result Is Not All Yours.

You’re not sure if people will read it, love it or hate it. But you’re sure that the art will be neglected in the favor of the artist.
If the outcome is positive, the artist is enslaved with the vast expectations of future success.
If the outcome is negative, the impression of failure kills the artistry in the artist.

Either way, it is too much to handle for a creation born with imperfections, strengths and weaknesses, success and failures.

Remember the fact that the result is not all yours, because HIS piece of work was also involved.Just keep doing what you are supposed to do, give it your best. And if doesn’t turn out to be good – Well, you’ve got a LAME GENIE!

Passion As Profession

Self-satisfactory jobs, whole-hearted work commitment, loyalty and love for the profession one chooses are scarce these days. Companies use their employees as ladder to their own profits and success. Meanwhile employees choose new workplaces to improve their income and standard of living.

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As a regular student I could never understand the real point of this quote. Having been in the industry for merely two years now, I’m confident that every experienced/inexperienced employee in an IT can relate to this line. I’m talking about the JOB INSECURITY the multi-national companies offer their resources. It is the fear of employee lay-offs. It is the fear of financial instability, the fear of failure and the fear of losing your job. The fear of a new job search and various interview processes.

It is the fear that holds you back. It holds you back from getting involved and giving your best on what you do. It holds you back from trying something new.

Ask yourself –

  • Doesn’t job insecurity arise because you focus more on earning than on doing what you love?
  • Do you believe in pursuing your passion as a career?
  • Will pursuing the career you love leave you bankrupt?
  • Won’t you be happier and more productive if you do what you love doing?
  • Won’t you be more satisfied if you make the right career choices?

I’ve heard when you love what you do, you’re bound to be successful. Even if you don’t succeed, the idea of enjoying what you do and giving it your best leaves you satisfied. I believe that passion ignites your work, and like a rocket, it accelerates you past road blocks that may come about. Any obstacle that comes your way is accepted and fought off with a creative solution.

I understand that it’s easier said than done. But at the end of the day, we all fail to get out of our comfort zone. We fail to live for ourselves. For us, by hook or crook, EARNING MATTERS! MONEY MATTERS! And sadly most of us “The Normal People – Like Me” tend to choose the easiest and safest careers. We choose to Go through life and not Grow through life. We happily compromise with our dreams and live ever after.

“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.”

~Rumi

***Check out my previous post here When Words Fail!