Memory Material

The last month has been long, and transformative for me- both as a person and as a writer. (The personal change has been unintentional, and mostly as a result of not caring about things.) The Novel has been progressing slowly, but atleast I have not reached a point of stagnation which is a stage that I fear the most. (Even though, it is a stage that eventually leads to massive improvement.)

I saw a lot of movies, and one movie that has stood out was The Tree Of Life by Terrence Mallick. The reason I liked it so much, was because it acted as a catalyst for me to make an attempt at refining the entire school of thought that I had developed for myself over the years. An extraordinary moment, long pending.

This is a stage, where I would ideally like to have been on a vacation so that I could constantly bombard myself with great cinema and literature, as well as interviews and thoughts of people who create these things. What a life, it would be if one can begin a day arguing a certain thought in their head, and end it having seen various sides to that thought. Social responsibilities, be damned.

However, I am most likely to not be going ahead with it since I’ve done it once, and have suffered consequences of such a lifestyle. (Never regretted. It was very empowering.)

Other than that, my life has been going well. Personal happiness of any kind has eluded me. But, as long as enrichment is coming, I’ll be fine.

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On Style

Whenever I think about style, and try to explain it- the easiest analogy that comes to my mind is that of a sportsperson. Take a cricket batsman, for example. A batsman is said to be very high in terms of style, if he can hit a shot that is usually not hit when that kind of a ball is bowled.

However, style in any form of expression cannot be as easily explained. Yes, you can say that it is the uniqueness of their art, and a lot like personal handwriting. But, it is tough to do it in a way, that it totally answers the confused artist’s dilemma. To me, as a writer, I have thought of style as the best possible way to do things based on my strengths along with my theory of what a story should be like. I have always believed in writing about ordinary people, and have a strong desire to glorify failures. Since, I find expressing myself through such stories the most enjoyable.

Other than that, I think a lot of style is gained by developing one’s thought. Sense of truth, as I’d call it.

Style is about finding a way of thinking to make your life good. If this way, is original and something that you’ve built on your own through experiences and not by following the wise words of self help books then you will most definitely have a good voice/style since it’ll be such a beautiful concoction of your past experiences and your own self comprising of everything from your looks, to the financial condition of your family.