Creative writing just isn’t easy!
Souls who have tried their hands at the craft will vehemently nod for this simple yet deep truth.
Given the fact that we’re dealing with a tough craft, what we do to facilitate it becomes so critical… especially in contest scenarios such as the one organized by the Stella Maris College, Chennai… which I was part of, as a judge.
Gifting the contestents with a clear sense of direction in what they should write is key. Else, they become rudder-less boats. Which is what happened in this contest. It’s because, the organizers of the event are students themselves and obviously, they didn’t know the criticality of the write-art.
The results I happened to see mirrored the direction-less instructions. The writings were all over the place… barring a few entries that were terrific.
Lesson, reinforced: Uncomplicate the process to ease up the complex process of writing.
For, creating something new is almost akin to playing God.