Sunday, 5 July 2015

Why I want to write | The Small Desk

This may seem an odd way of getting into writing, but the first person who made me think, 'I want to write as beautifully as you', was Jonathan Glancey. He used to be the architecture and design correspondent for the Guardian.

I came across his work whilst working as an Editorial Assistant on one of his books. I started to read his writing online and immediately began to get lost in and transfixed by the articles, even when they were about things I wasn't really that interested in. This is the sign of an amazing writer, to keep the reader hooked even if it is a subject they are not normally interested in. This is Glancey talking about a new football stadium:

"This stunning white apparition rises like a porcelain bowl from a podium set in restored parkland, between the breakers of the Atlantic and the commanding backdrop of Lion's Rock, Devil's Peak and Table Mountain."

And this is Glancey talking about the new routemaster bus:

"the new Routemaster looks as if it's wearing an eyepatch, a knowing reference perhaps to the days, a century ago, when fiercely deregulated London buses raced one other dangerously to pick up passengers, and were known as 'pirates'."

He gives character and personality even to a bus!

Another writer who inspires me is Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist.

"...she is caught short, the extraordinary sight within vanquishing all caution."

"Nella drops them quickly as if they have stung her..."

"...his whole body stupefied by the entwined figures of Marin and Jack."

Then there is Ernest Hemingway. I haven't read too much of his work, but I have read one of his shortest works, A Moveable Feast, again a highly descriptive yet captivating author.

"I wished I could put her in the story, or anywhere, but she had placed herself so she could watch the street and the entry and I knew she was waiting for someone."

"He spoke slightingly but without bitterness of everything he had written..."

I haven't had enough practice doing anything else creative other than writing, and from reading even just these few quotes, you can see how creative writing can be. I don't find exercise, my day-to-day job or socialising enough in life, I have to find some creative outlet and writing appears to be my chosen art form.

It is without a doubt a craft that can be played around with, re-worked, refined, and enable you to channel your emotions and experiences into creating artistic syntaxes, painted descriptions that gift to a reader a ticket to another world.

What does writing mean to you? Do you have another form of creative outlet? Do you know what I mean about having to have a creative outlet?


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