WRITING IS A CONSTRUCTION JOB

By Promod Puri

It is said, “Words are the tools of writing.”

But not quite so!

Words are the bricks and mortars we select and gather to build a structure. Its architecture and construction get initiative from our thoughts, opinions, feelings, perceptions, impressions, or sharing of information, knowledge, and experiences.

In our learning faculty, there is a library of words accumulated from early childhood. We retrieve them from our memory cells to begin the composition of a story, novel, essay, poetry, and other literary and non-literary works or writing a simple personal diary.

Moreover, comprehensive dictionaries offer thousands of words stacked in alphabetical order.

Like bricks, words are cast in different sizes, but each carries its own identity and impact. It is in this semantic profile that words give an outlook and character to writing.

Words are liberal. If a word is not the right one or does not fit into the rigid demand of a writer, it offers a whole stockpile of alternative synonyms choices.

Words are not the writing tools, but when the skills of a wordsmith place them together, the whole composition becomes a tool by itself. Primarily, writing is the tool of communication that we need as a complement to speaking. But writing goes beyond spoken words. It stays longer or forever.

Is writing hard work? Not really, so far as there are enough bricks around in different sizes and shapes, along with a sound idea or subject matter, that a structure gets built and redesigned or even renovated.

The technicality of writing lies in its grammar and those minor but indispensable characters, called punctuation marks, offering control and disciplinary mechanism in this creative development.

However, objectivity, sensitivities, and rationality are the basic guidelines in raising a writing structure that otherwise gets stalled when these feelings lack honesty and sincerity.

Under these guidelines, writing offers good companionship.

Novelist, and playwright Jules Renard, says, “writing is the only way to talk without being interrupted.”

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