Welcome back friends. It’s the first Wednesday of November and it’s the IWSG day. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a wonderful place to learn and grow together; to share and shed inhibitions and to seek support in your writing journey. If you wish to be a member of this amazing community of writers, join here.
Before I move on to this month’s question, I would like to take you all to a unique collaboration of global poets and artists called IGNITE- from within the confines-
The collaboration/online exhibition which is curated by visual artist and poet Deepa Gopal (you can visit her here). Planned in the month of Sepetember, the exhibition brings together eight artists (with five artworks each) and eight poets (with five poems each), some of which are based on the artworks and others have been composed in confinement during the pandemic. Each artist is paired with a poet. I feel honoured to be paired with Ahlam Abbas. Ahlam is a mixed media artist whose “Ahlam Yoga” is a series that focusses on the spirituality of meditative transcendence in the current times.
The exhibition starts today, 4 November, 5.30 PM IST, when the inaugural address will be given by Ruby Bhrambhatt Jagrut (Visual Artist and Writer; Founder Trustee-Abir). It will run till 12 November, with a new artist and poet coming your way each day. If you are intrigued and would like to find out more about this unique collaboration please like/subscribe/visit the following links.
You can hear the diverse and unique voices in “IGNITE-from within the confines” from Nov 4-Nov 12, 2020 on the following links
Official blog: https://ignitefromwithintheconfines.blogspot.com/
Official Instagram: @ignite.fwtc.2020
And now for this month’s question,
Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?
I have always believed in the slogan, ‘Art for art’s sake’. That’s how I started out too. Even today, I attribute aestheticism to my writing more than purpose. The idea has always been to express myself, to be able to share the thoughts I carry in the inside of me. Maybe that makes reason why I am inclined towards poetry. But over the past few years, I have also chosen to use my writing for a purpose. Not always, but sometimes…also inadvertently. I would like to think that there’s no one reason why a writer chooses to write. My reasons have varied with time and over circumstances, and I think it will continue thus.
What’s your reason to write what you do? Share in the comments below.