Round and round

I recently read J K Rowling’s Harvard commencement speech.

(http://harvardmagazine.com/commencement/the-fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination)

What moved me more than Rowling’s experiences – is her ability to cull out the most important parts and convey them to the audience in a very effective manner. “Words” really are her friends ! What also struck me is that – “to write” – a person most of all needs to believe that his/ her own experiences  and thoughts are not only valuable to him/ her but are also in some way valuable to others if shared.  I often get impulses to write, but then “reject” them because I suspect any of the following:

(1) the thing to be shared is important/ relevant only to me

(2) what I know people may already know through other means/ their own experiences

(3) everyone has the ability to learn from their environment/ context. What they have not experienced yet may only be theoretical and forgettable (like her own Graduation speaker’s speech that Rowling forgot)

(4) unless there is a topic where you want to know what other people are thinking, there is no need to trouble them with your poor half formed thoughts 😉

Well, this teeny writing somehow got out – because of point (4) is my suspicion, but I am not really sure 😉 I often go round and round…

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2 Comments

  1. Kavitha said,

    February 1, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I do agree that you have a point from a speech delivery or a news article writing perspective.
    However, from a blogging perspective, I always seem to look at it as a platform or public forum where others’ ideas and thoughts are just going to stimulate the writer’s brains. In which case, pray write out your thoughts even if they are half – formed. Will help us, the readers, think, and also crystallize your own thoughts.

  2. lazeyblogger said,

    February 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Hmmmm….thanks Kavity ! Shall endeavour to shoot out more half formed thoughts than before 🙂


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