Notes on Writing: A Creative Expression and Catharsis Par Excellence!

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Meer Abas

Writing the perfect paper is a lot like a militaryperation. It takes discipline, foresight, research, strategy, and, if done right, ends in total victory. There is no denying the fact that writing is a universal panacea. It enjoys a great and unique status in the world of art. Writing has been a very keen interest of most of the people since the beginning. To a lover, writing is a medium to praise beauty; to a philosopher, writing is a mirror to reflect the power of wisdom; to a scholar, writing is a source to preach and to a revolutionary, it is a weapon to burn the fire of revolution in society.
However, the importance of writing is always found at its summit. Writing sometimes proves to be a true and loyal friend. When one has no vent to express feelings and share one’s thoughts with, writing then works as a friend and guide. Besides a source of giving a concrete shape to the abstract ideas, writing also works as a sword in unison. There are various marvelous writers in history whose writing proved to be a source of inspiration and motivation of numberless faces.
History is witness to the fact that writing has been a key to unlock the locks of prosperity and a stroke on the chains of slavery. The amazing work of such writers caused independence and awareness of the masses. Whether it is the matter of the Renaissance in England or the freedom of the land of the pure people; whether it is Russia or the war of 1857; whether it is a problem with a single community or any serious religious matter, writers are always found playing their leading role to turn the tables of the foe with the help of their precious writings.
When Muslims were found far away from standing against the evil, the writing of Shah Ismail Shaheed proved to be an asset to revolutionize the Muslim Ummah. When the young were found lazy and disappointed, Iqbal’s poetry burnt the fire of high aspirations in them. When the world was found in the grip of materialism, the names of Keats and Wordsworth appeared to be a source to identify and praise the beauty of nature. Nevertheless, the significance of writing needs no evidence to prove it true to its salt. It itself speaks of its unique characteristics and artistic beauty.
Writing is empowering, and not just because it›s fun to tap into that creative vein and be amazed by the riches there. It, in all its varied forms and purposes, is a complex process that calls upon us to bring our left and right brain together to shape experience and feeling into something another person can read and understand. This need, to feel understood, to know that what one thinks or feels matters, is universal.
Many people, children in particular, view the whole process as mysterious and inaccessible. The good news is: anyone can learn to write and every writer has their own unique process.
But there are many more ways in which writing empowers us. The writing process is rarely linear but does have distinct phases that all writers go through: planning, reflection, drafting, and revision—though not necessarily in that order! Writing can help children and adults alike to: enhance their problem solving and critical thinking,
develop integration of process, content, and skills, develop organizational strategies depending on the form of the writing,
develop the skill of inquiry ( which includes collecting and evaluating information, comparing and contrasting, imagining situations from another perspective, building argument for a particular position or point of view, learning the importance of not only asking questions of others but of ourselves, of not only revising the information we receive but being willing to revise the questions),increase decision making abilities, develop a healthy skepticism which leads to exploration of ideas, an enlarged world view and a confident imagination The pen is mightier than the sword” emphasizes that we must not undervalue the power of a small thing such as a pen. It implies that a thing as small as a pen can have a huge impact on people and society as a whole.

—The author is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English in Degree College Handwara. He can be reached at: meerabas32@gmail.com

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