Thursday, 20 November 2014

Creative Writing requires a 'Pen'

Creative Writing, as the name suggests is an ability to present and express thoughts in a way that is different from the regular writing practiced by people. It is rather a skill that brings out an artist from within. Creative writing is not everybody’s cup of tea as it promotes effectively blending the knowledge, the thoughts and the ability to write and consequently produce a reading piece that is remarkable.

Every novel we read, or even those articles in our favorite magazines, the many website pages which we surf each day, are all a result of creative writing.

How do you think creative writing becomes possible?

Try to revisit your school days. All I recall being a student is that my first lessons were written down in notebooks. In fact piles of handwritten notes year after year, for every subject got accumulated and this is how we studied. May be (not being sure about everyone), we would still find our comfort zone writing stuff that strikes our mind with the help of pen and paper instead of typing the same on a computer screen.

The mechanics involved behind typing and keyboarding can never deliver the same effect as it does when writing in hand. Creative writing is a business that happens in splits and not in prolonged duration. If I have to write something that has just gone through my mind, I shouldn't be switching on my machine and then typing it later on particular software. But, I would just open a page of my notebook and jot down whatever strikes. Certainly all these shots of writing can then be typed and edited over a computer later on.

Creative writing happens when we initially put all the personal ideas on paper. The process starts the day we start our education. A handwritten page is full of rewritten words, scratches, arrows pointing the right positioning of sentences and even scribbling. This is how we deliver (for others to read) or read (from other sources) the outcome in its final stage. And so it justifies the statement that, “to write, and to write creatively, we need a pen.”  

My opinion can be well substantiated with the fact that the ‘Mahagranths’ or epics like Mahabharat by Rishi Vyas, Ramayana by Valmiki, Geetanjali by Rabindranath Tagore, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare, Tale of two cities, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield by Charles Dickens  etc. were all written and not typed. And the writers today are nowhere to reach closer to the legendary writers of that era. May be the ‘missing pen’ has something to do with it…

This article nowhere debates about the preference or the superiority of means and sources for practicing creative writing. It represents just a personal thought. Creative writing is all about choosing the tool that best suits the writer’s convenience.

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Monday, 17 November 2014

The Misconception about Graphology

‘Graphology’ is made up of two words ‘Grapho + logy’, where ‘Grapho’ is about graphics, lines, letters or words and ‘logy’ means the study of words. I fail to understand why in the world people confuse it with Astrology. Words written by hand can only depict the status when they are written, but nothing about the past or future. So let us discuss in brief what ‘Graphology’ exactly is!

According to the handwriting analysts or graphologists, an individual’s nature or rather personality can be known with his/her handwriting. With the popularity of graphology i.e. handwriting analysis, has also come a major misconception about the same. Graphology is many times misconceived to be “astrology”.

Graphology is NOT Astrology

Astrology is a tool which tells something about an individual’s future or past life or destiny. Some of the commonly known methods are tarot card reading, palm reading and more such fortune telling practices.

Graphology on the other hand is a rare knack of analyzing an individual’s personality traits through handwritten scripts in any language. Graphologists study and analyze the handwritten contents as on that day and at that particular time.  

Astrology and Graphology are nowhere related. They are probably like the north and south poles. Graphology cannot predict future, neither can it tells anybody’s fortune or life incidents. It is only and only about studying a handwriting with a focus on the formations like loops, slants, spaces, pressure etc. as written in that time. The graphology results may vary. For example- the handwriting of a same individual can reflect different characteristics at an age of 8 years and 18 years. Even handwriting of the same person during the day and night may show difference in the graphology results.

We must know that handwriting changes with the passage of time. It may also vary according to the mood fluctuations i.e. it may be different when a person is happy, sad or in pressure. This makes it clear to us that graphology is an answer to any question related to person, personality, behavior, mood swings etc.

To deviate a bit from the subject, listed here are some of the properties of graphology that will help you understand it more clearly:
  • No two people have similar writing and therefore the graphology report is unique for every individual
  • It is totally based on the writing, irrespective of the gender bias or discrimination like age and religion etc.
  • There are no chances of manipulation or fluctuation in the result as it is based on the written substance
I now hope that those reading this article have a thorough idea of Graphology and how it is different from Astrology.

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