This post in response to a query from my fellow blogger, Geet, on one my recent posts. Her question was, ‘How do you include language and words in written material that you don’t normally use while speaking?’
Well, personally I like to keep my writing simple, easy to understand and nice to read. The language I use while writing my blog and my creative pieces is pretty much the language I use in my regular conversation. The only difference I think comes in the crafting of language that comes in when I write. As expert bloggers everywhere in the blogsphere advise, check and edit your piece before you put it up. After all, your readers are giving you their time and nobody wants to spend time reading a poorly worded or garbled piece. To me, using the language correctly is pretty much like making the right use of your implements if you are a craftsperson.
A sculptor will mess up her piece if she uses her tools in any random way she likes. And as for colloquial usage of language, it is fine for dialogues, but as for narratives, I prefer them to be well written.
Does this make a piece boring or characterless? I would not think so. I would much rather that my story, the characters that populate my story stand out, not just the language. After all, language is but a medium, it is not my message.
And in the hope of writing well crafted pieces, I constantly read work that is shared and posted by some really brilliant writers online. Here I would like to share a couple of blogs that, to me, are really good examples of language well used:
- Rajiv Chopra: http://rajivchopra.me/2014/07/28/a-cup-of-tea-before-i-go-on/
Sharp, insightful pieces that get to the point. Extremely well written, lets you enjoy the language and the content.
- Anthony Wilson: http://anthonywilsonpoetry.com/2014/07/30/holidays-not-term-time/
Writes really brilliant slice of life kind of poems, articles, conversations. Shares some excellent poetry from other poets.
- Skipmars: http://skipmars.wordpress.com
You just have to read him to get his brilliant sense of humor and enjoy his command of the language.
- Frausto: http://urbanpoetrees.com/
Disturbingly good poetry from a completely different part of the world. I thoroughly love exploring his blog.
- Ivon Prefontaine: http://ivonprefontaine.com/
Powerful, insightful prose and poems, written in simple English, with profound meaning.
- Luggage lady: http://luggagelady.net/2014/07/19/redefining-happy/
I have only recently discovered her blog, but the sensitivity and gentleness in her work reaches out to me.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank these writers for sharing their works with us online and inspiring us to create better, more meaningful posts that can change perspectives.
Geet, do check these bloggers out, they are far better writers than I am, all well-accomplished and have lots to offer aspiring writers such as you and me. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do!
~ Bharti Athray
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