Compliments

6 Sep

Compliments are the most difficult things to deal with, specially if you are not used to such ego boosting words. Compliments can be about many things, looks, dress sense, sense of humor, these are easy to react to (atleast for most people) but you are on slightly tricky terrain when it comes to ideas, specially ideas in written format. Now let me give you the context, there are professional writers, like authors, copy-writers, screenplayists, song-writers etc, now their skill is acknowledged and generally accepted as experts in this domain and anyone else who writes should be judged against these accepted benchmarks. Then there are others, say people like me, no authority or even close to the experts, but who write for the joy of writing. Obviously, just because you are not the best of writer doesn’t mean you cannot have good ideas, ideas in that sense are far more democratic than the acquired skill of putting them in a structured and adorning them with decorative prose. But with this comes the difficult part, someone comes and says I like your writing. What do they exactly mean?

Do they like the way you write?

Or they like the things you write about?

Or they like the ideas the way has been written?

Or does the writing makes them like the ideas?

Truth is when you publish your writing you are open to ridicule. I personally believe that writers like me (and I use the term writer with a lots of liberty) would benefit far more if ridicule is what people would give. Rarely you will find someone who writes who also doesn’t read voraciously, so in that sense such aspiring writers or pretending writers are exposed to quality writing and are more than conscious of their own limitations. I have written in the past that I write so that I can improve my own proficiency of putting across my ideas in a lucid and structured manner but that means that I am aware that I do not have the range of words to express them in a manner that makes them powerful.

So whosoever you are, I am thankful that you have taken the time to read what I have written and also spend your time in giving feedback, I would like you to be little more harsher and stringent in your judgement next time you give me your inputs.

Ideas end of the day are nothing without the words that form them.

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2 Responses to “Compliments”

  1. Gauri Gharpure September 7, 2010 at 10:46 am #

    at your express request, pointing a little typo in the second-last line of the first para, which otherwise is small enough to ignore :)..
    am reading you after a long time, and missing your responses on my posts. how have you been?

  2. Sgarikena September 13, 2010 at 11:18 pm #

    I guess one doesn’t always have to point out a flaw in other’s way of expression..however i guess at times u write really long sentences and i also think the second last paragraph could have been written in a better and simpler way too 🙂

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