Updated: Mar 24
Guest writer for "mynzdream" blog
What maketh a writer – Swit Tueadays
I am fairly new to the authoring world, but have always been one lover of books, with the passion passed down from my father, and, with my mother, being a teacher, I had to love them!
Of course, like any other child, I disliked being ‘’told’ to read at first, but with time and age, the books became a part of me. The journeys they took me on, the knowledge I gained, the surprises I found, the tears I shed, the fun and the chaos, all in books. I don’t remember anything I loved more than books from then on.
We even had word games with my dad, especially when he was drunk (got the most hilarious, fun, and crazy moments here). I remember him asking me, when I was about ten or so, what an adult street kid was called. I searched and asked for about a week. My siblings, mum, my classmates, and everyone around me told me the answer was ‘street kid’ or ‘street man’. Only to find out, on another drunk day, that the answer was a hobo. I Never forgot that to date. Hahaha. We got all this, from words on a paper, stories told by someone, somewhere, unawares of the thrill their read gave to my poor life. I found adventure, fantasy, detectives, magic, and horror, to tickle my fancy. Each writer I have come across is unique in their own way. Though some might write similar genres and topics, each stands out in its own way.
I never truly thought much about it, until, well, I became an author myself. I was opened to a new world of its own, of authoring at a closer look. Getting to know and befriend other similar minds and souls, with writings and stories as diverse as the writers themselves. I have come to meet, through writing, people from all corners of the world. I would, otherwise, never have known. The likes of Elise Brooke, Josephine Wrightson, Tirza Schaefer, Laura D. Child, Jayne Lockwood, and more amazing authors, with unique and artful writings.
In this journey, I have also come to put together what I think makes a writer.
First, I figured most people think it's the words on paper and the fancy titles and covers that make one a writer. Some think you are a real writer once you are a best seller. Well, I beg to differ.
For me, writing starts with the person themselves. It’s what is within a person, coming to the forefront, through pages. Writing, I have come to notice, through my reading, catches my intrigue, if it is original, unique, and an extension of oneself. Words tend to express the feelings, the scenario, the wishes, hopes, and the very heart of the author. Words with no emotions or drive are mere noisy cymbals. Empty calabashes!
I don't mean to say that a book has to be heavy and gut-wrenching to leave a mark and exude emotions or create the same within a reader. Every book, in its own right, carries the emotions the writer exerted into. There are books meant to give laughs and bring pure comedy. Others are for life lessons and travel, others create worlds unseen and make them familiar to you, while others carry emotions heavy to ignore. All of them in their. Own genres, way, and uniqueness, give out messages in their own lane, per the author's wishes.
The wording. The format, the cover, all go to push the theme, the intention, and the drive of the writer. The cover and title are the ultimate summation and preview of the heart you pour into the pages. Through their interpretation of their own story, the writer pitches what best sums up their work. While the drive, theme, and message, lures and keeps readers hooked. Equally as important as the story itself. The book as a whole is a semi-reflection of the person behind the pen.
Have you watched movies taken from books and seen the emotions, instances, and scenes, the stir and create in you, as you watch? To think that they borrow a few scenes, just those they need to bring the story to motion life, not even the full script. Imagine the world the actual books, in their full glory, create for them to produce such amazing movies. Harry. Porter, lord of the rings, handmaiden, and any Stephen King script….. That is every book for me - movies made from words and directed by imagination. So where the book fails to drive the imagination and/or familiarity to sufficiency, the reader is left wanting and probably with a bad review.
I have seen my child catch onto the feelings of her cartoon movies like Artemis Fowl, then decided to get her the books. True to my word, she loves the books the better and keeps picking those scenes she makes out from the movies. The books doubled the excitement and heightened her love for books. Now she is a mini co-author to my upcoming children’s book. The feelings in books are, indeed, full and contagious. They are written with the very heart of the authors themselves.
I think also, that the message itself determines whether you are merely good with words or a writer. Words you write have to carry the message you wish to send, with the pages as your aid. Once a message is sent out, with no clear direction or audience, it is easier to get lost and forgotten. I have read some pieces; I question to this day. Lost and wondering what I read, what the book was about, and where the author was going, because though there is a story, I could barely make out the theme, message, or drive. I know some people that are quite verbose but lack the requisite sense to create art and affluence, hence, their message gets lost. It’s not about what words you know or use, or how big they are… it’s the spirit and message you carry and deliver with the words that make the difference. You can read a book that is fluently authored and edited, yet the content leaves you indifferent. Then, you can read one that is purely erroneous in language and format, yet the content is life-changing and necessarily effective.
To be a writer, above all, I feel one has to be willing to view things from other people's perspectives, to learn to accept differences and correction, to give feedback without harm, and to understand, that all because another writes differently, does not mean their work or message is any less valuable or important. Besides writing from their own experiences, adventures, creations, and worlds, learning and interdependence are an integral part of one’s being and growth. Learning never stops, as long as one grows. Once you stop learning, you stop growing. A writer understands the need to share ideas and to grow and support each other..
That is my perception of what a writer is. What is yours?