The Greats on writing – James Baldwin

The Greats on writing – James Baldwin

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by Naureen Hafiz
by Naureen Hafiz

James Baldwin once said that “you write in order to change the world … if you alter, even by a millimetre, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.”

It reminded me of all the works I had ever read, whether that was a piece of work written by a friend, or an essay, or a full blown literary epic, that had changed the way that I viewed the world. And if you think far back enough, it may have even started from childhood, with your love of literature stemming from the outdoor adventures of Biff, Chip and Kipper (and never forgetting their wonderful dog Floppy of course!).

It also reminded me of a quote by Orwell which I talked about briefly in a previous article where he said that good writing was like a window pane.

jamesBaldwinIt seems that many writers have the same idea of what good writing should do, that it should change the world and the way that you see the world.

I want to continue this point with something the Lewis Carroll said, arguably most famous for his children’s book ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”

“Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.”

His advice is rather simple. Write about what you are passionate about.  And, dear readers, it is so easy to forget to write about what you love. Getting caught up in work and assignments and more work, it’s easy to forget to write about what interests us. Myself included.

I’m not saying don’t do work or assignments! But what I am saying is, make time to write about the things you love to write about.

Actually… I suppose this doesn’t pertain to just writing.

Make time to do the things you love doing. Painting, gardening, sporting, reading, make time for it. Make time for yourself because it’s easy to forget yourself when life gets busy.

Don’t forget yourself, dear readers.

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