The Zen of Writing


I am just an amateur at this point, so I guess I am prone to dreamy thoughts about writing that may get shattered at some point when it gets more real for me. (But may be, in the shattering of those dreams, I will discover some far more interesting truths. At least that’s what the wise people say.)

So here is one such dreamy thought. I searched for it on the internet but did not find anything similar. So I am claiming this to be mine. 🙂 Let me know if you are aware of any previous occurrences.

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a thousand words originating from the mind of a great writer may be worth millions of pictures.

For example, just look at this picture. Need I say more?

Just ask any writer whose writing has been read by millions, creating millions of impressions in their minds, each one a little different from the others.
Look at the classics that have been studied, analyzed, interpreted, summarized, translated, adapted, and transformed into other works millions of times.
And even if you take it literally, just think about the books that have been converted into movies, each worth millions of pictures, and watched by millions, each experiencing them slightly differently.

I guess this is every writer’s dream and their ultimate and ever-present zen. (Or so amateurs like myself think.)

Of course, since I intend to include both words and pictures in this blog, this may be a moot point anyway.

I must resist the temptation to stretch this post to a thousand words and stop here. Have a good day! 🙂