I have always believed that art in any form is personal, close and owned completely by the creator or artist up until a second pair of eyes sees it or hears it.

Once the piece escapes from the confines of the artists’ hand, it does not belong to him anymore. Interpretation and then either ripping it into pieces or raining accolades is now beyond the realm of the artist/creator.

It’s gone. It belongs to everyone else except him. The seed however is still his to take home, the rest that’s built around it is what’s escaped.

So, when I fell upon these lines in Stephen King’s book – On Writing- it was sweet validation. That’s the whoel beauty of words. Interpretation is personal. Just like I made the following lines follow my own.

..Gould said something else that was interesting on the day I turned in my first two pieces: write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. Your stuff starts out being just you, in other words, but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right – as right as you can, anyway – it belongs to anyone who wants to read it. Or criticize it. If you’re very lucky (this is my idea, not John Gould’s, but I believe he would have subscribed to the notion), more will want to do the former than the latter.

We all want to get lucky, but as they say Lady Luck favors a few, the rest will have to fend for themselves. Or trick the lady. Or go wash cars or something.


12 thoughts on “validation

  1. I have the book. So unlike Stephen King no? I mean I got it for :D $5 at a thrift bookstore and randomly picked it up. Didn’t touch it for ages and when I read it, I thought I should’ve read this ages ago!

    I love how you are regular with the blog again, Rads :)

    • Hey Nandu, well, to be honest, the fatwa issued is making me write :P

      Same here, got the book last Christmas just dug it up and am so thrilled and guilty that I did’nt read it earlier!

  2. Wow! You could say that I’m slightly in awe at how you tie things together. Context eh?

    To answer ur question on FB, Yes..u did comment somewhere recently. Adarsh had a number of GoodShe “expats”. That’s where the commonality lies. I wud have been clueless if not for the last name.

    • MC, yeah, things have a way of coming together when you just wait. Something one learns the more one reads :)

      aah, Adarsh! Ok, I think I know who now! Rt, my last name – I added it on recently for different reasons and it’s opening up other avenues :-)

        • LOL! So it’s okay for you to know my face but not vice versa eh? :p

          I kid. No, I donno who you are, but I may just have an idea on which ex-Goodshe-Adarsh friend you and I have in common :)

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