Monday, February 13, 2006

Some Questions

Is it necessary to be in a constant state of angst to be a “good writer”?
Can a happy-go-lucky person write meaningful literature?(Wasn’t P G Wodehouse an easygoing type?)
Can good writing be about ordinary everyday events, frustrations and small desires?
Can a novel be enjoyable without the backdrop of some earth-shaking event?
Can a book be published without the writer having a burning desire for such an outcome? Rather than a mild feeling of ”It would be nice if this were published.”?

7 Comments:

Blogger confused said...

Only in blogworld one does not have to worry about getting published...

reminds me of something...I think recently in UK they sent out the first chapter of one of the books of Naipul(not sure or was it Rushdie?) and guess what most of the book editors refused to even consider it further...infact most did not even bother to send a rejection slip...

Thanks for dropping by at my blog...tc

13/2/06 3:00 PM  
Blogger Kiwilakhs said...

Hey Lak,

Why the deeply philosophical vein? Of course, I think that easy-going and good writer can co-exist. I mean, look at us all *lol*

13/2/06 3:08 PM  
Blogger ... said...

Infact, I love that sort of writing. Do you watch "Sienfeld"? Larry David does an excellent job capturing funny moments in routine everyday affairs. Also, read "couplehood" by Paul Reiser if you get a chance. He is HILARIOUS - just talks about "stuff" in a relationship.

13/2/06 9:20 PM  
Blogger LAK said...

confused: Yeah, and Leo Tolstoy was rejected by some tens of publishers(It was War and Peace, I think)
kiwi: exactly!
keya:Somehow didn't start Seinfeld,but will now!

14/2/06 2:03 AM  
Blogger Cynthia E. Bagley said...

Let me direct you to a book called "The Grapes of Wrathe." It was written by a happy author about a very normal subject. It was this book that directed a nation to look at the destruction of the midwest (dust bowl) and how itinerant workers were treated. Ummm. I guess some angst was involved, but it was in the book not in the life of the author.

Let me direct you to another author that quite famous in the U.S. right now--Norah Roberts. Or how about Dave Barry? You should read his writings because in someways it is similar to yours. He has a comedic view of life.

28/2/06 8:28 AM  
Blogger LAK said...

Cynthia, Welcome!Thanx for the authors names---will go and look for Dave Barry---hope it is available here.

1/3/06 1:59 AM  
Blogger Shruthi said...

Very nice questions... these come to be too, very often! :)

7/3/06 2:51 AM  

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