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Writing and The Arts


SoullessMarshmallow

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You know, I never realized how jealous I am as a writer of other people of the arts.

Like, I know a lot of people write, and I know people still make books, I know that. I know a lot of people enjoy writing, and I know any people appreciate writing and understand what a task it is to do. But I don't get why it's kind of... pushed aside compared to the other arts. 

Liike, there's drawing, sculpting, painting - you know, the visual arts where you can see things, and perhaps feel something. You gotta really give it to these guys because it's so hard to blend different colors and find good color schemes.. all that stuff, y'know? And then if it's well drawn, then they get a lot of recognition and positive vibes coming from their classmates and other people. Everyone really recognizes their talents at a glance, and they really get appreciated - which is great, really! The more attention each community gets, the better, right? It's wonderful they get the recognition they deserve. 

And then there's the preforming arts - you know, music and all that jazz. I'm in this, too, actually! People listen, and if you're good, they congratulate you and give you a lot of support and recognition. If you play in public, a lot of people are amazed you can even play a clean, crisp note. I might have exaggerated that last bit, but you get what I mean. You can write music in your book, or compose in public, and a few people could come up to you and chat you up and say how cool it is to be able to understand music. You can carry books that teaches you how to harmonize well or how to create emotional melodies, and no on really judges you. You can come up with catchy beats that hook people in an instant, or maybe preform and earn a lot of recognition. Again, props to everyone in this community. I know how hard it is to get good at your instrument, and how passionate you gotta be and all that jazz :D 

And then there's writing. For a while, ever since I started, I always felt below everyone else in the arts community. Sure, I've got my pros, like not having to carry around an instrument or big art supplies to create things- just a small notebook and pen, that's all. And I don't have to deal with people crowding around me when I'm working, which is really good because I like to concentrate. But of course, like every other thing, there are cons. I don't immediately get recognized because writing isn't exactly eye catching, you know? There aren't any colorful things going on, or any soothing music coming out from my ink worn pages, just words on the surface. Nothing to see. And in a way, it's good, and it shouldn't bother me all too much, because why should it, eh? But it does, because you see all these young, very talented visual artists budding and getting a lot of "wows" and "you're os good", and a lot of gifted musicians being praised for their work, and then, you're kind of.. there. Notebook and pen in hand, with a lot of people thinking it's your diary because you don't let anyone read it, hehe. A lot of kids, including my teachers, think it's my own personal diary since I hate it when people touch it, and I'm always writing in it. That shouldn't bother me either, but it gets kind of annoying when you realize that a lot of people in your class think you're super emo and edgy since you've got a "diary" with you at all times, y'know? And when teachers come around and your friend is drawing, they're always congratulating them and saying how good they are, and when they look at me scribbling ideas in my writing journal, they always assume I'm working on homework or classwork, or I'm documenting my feelings for the day. Which is extremely annoying, since they give me that look that says, "Wow, no need to tell us you've got problems, sweetheart."

I always carry a writing help book with me. They're what they are, books that help you with writing, like creating characters, making good dialogue, all that stuff. I'm young and I want to be able to understand good methods and a good process for writing, so I read them often whenever I can - usually in public. When people ask me what I'm reading, the chuckle a bit and say how stupid it is to be reading a book about writing, how silly it is to read about something that everyone know how to do. Once, when I told a younger kid on the bus what I was reading, he thought I was reading how to have better hand writing, which was really stupid, so now he thinks that I read books that teach me how to perfect script. I get a lot of different reactions from people when I tell them that. A lot of them say it's silly, and it's really bothersome, because how can they just assume that writing is just.. is just an intro, body, and conclusion? How can they think that and expect themselves to be great at writing. I once told a girl I was reading a writing help book, and when I explained to her why I need to read it, she called me stupid because writing was so easy.  She said all you had to do was come. up with a character, a story, a beginning middle and end and that's it. No heart, no nothing. No emotion. When I asked her what about emotion, she said to write whatever the character was feeling, and she added, "No one reads anymore, anyways." 

And it honestly just pissed me off. Like, how can you say that - how can you say us writers don't need help because "everyone already knows how to write and no one reads anymore"? If a visual artists read a book about how to sketch better or been colors more vibrantly, not a lot of people would tell them they'r stupid for doing it because "everyone already knows how to draw." Like, no, not everyone knows how to draw. Maybe everyone knows how to draw, actually, but no one knows how to draw well. Same goes for writing. Some people like that girl just think they know how to write because they've gotten an A on a creative essay once. And it really bugs me. How can you say that? Writers shouldn't be treated like that. Shouldn't all people in The Arts be treated equally, despite their chosen Art? Why do a lot of people just assume writing is easy - why do they just assume that it doesn't take a lot of effort to write? Why do they think us writers aren't just as good and don't work as much as everyone else? Why do so many people just throw us to the side? We work just as much as everyone else to perfect our craft. We should be treated equally. 

Why can't writers be recognized for their talents just as quickly as the other people in The Arts? I know everyone else works very hard, I know that. I know there are different pros and cons to each thing, but it's just.. it's so annoying, almost unfair that writers can't get the same recognition as other people. We can't just show anyone our manuscript and ask us to tell us what they think because it'll take too long, or no one would want to read it. Writers only get a handful of compliments here and there because it's just.. Ugh, how do I explain this? Oh, here's an example: 

I once shoed one of my stories to a younger kid on my bus last year, and she started laughing at it because she thought I was writing about some with long fingers, when I really was just writing about someone weaving and sewing. I've been told that my writing leans toward the more descriptive and 'deeper' side, and I know each person has a different taste, but this same girl started oo-ing and ahh-ing at my artist friend's latest drawing. Her drawings are extremely detailed and intricate, very abstract. Almost like the visual representation of my writing. So it's kind of disheartening hearing that from a little kid, but seeing her run off and praising my friend. I just.. ah, I'm sorry. It's just really bothering. 

Anyway, those are my thoughts and experiences. I'm not sure if it's just where I am, but that's how I've always been treated. there are of course a select few at my school who don't treat me like that, but you know, majority rules, eh? 

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Only thing that I can say is people are stupid, and that is as nice as I can be towards them.

After all, making a good story that is well-received is hard work in of itself, though I would not say the books that you talk about studying would help as much as doing research, creating character profiles, and try to really learn who your characters are, as well as what story you want to tell, since people giving you feedback might be saying you follow a textbook too much.

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5 minutes ago, brycec said:

Only thing that I can say is people are stupid, and that is as nice as I can be towards them.

Writing is difficult, but books, in terms of what you describe you study, do not really help as much as just writing things out, like character profiles, and actually trying to understand them on a psychological level then get feedback from others.

I am certainly not perfect in my writing and do not follow those rules exactly, yet it is the best way to get better and bring out the true potential of the medium.

Ah, I know that ^^ I just like reading the books because a lot of the times they contain helpful exercises and good writing tips. Although I appreciate your advice, I do prefer reading books for guidance, but I still do write freely and try to understand my characters ^^ 

Touche! I fully agree with you ^^ 

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26 minutes ago, SoullessMarshmallow said:

Ah, I know that ^^ I just like reading the books because a lot of the times they contain helpful exercises and good writing tips. Although I appreciate your advice, I do prefer reading books for guidance, but I still do write freely and try to understand my characters ^^

Have you considered getting a writing prompts app? I have not really tried them, but I gave one a whirl and those prompts can either challenge you or you can challenge yourself to do something different based on the prompt.

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8 minutes ago, brycec said:

Have you considered getting a writing prompts app? I have not really tried them, but I gave one a whirl and those prompts can either challenge you or you can challenge yourself to do something different based on the prompt.

I have! Except I follow an account on Instagram that gives really interesting prompts to write about. I also do this exercise where I have my character "write me a letter" in order to get to understand them better ^^ 

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4 minutes ago, SoullessMarshmallow said:

I have! Except I follow an account on Instagram that gives really interesting prompts to write about. I also do this exercise where I have my character "write me a letter" in order to get to understand them better ^^ 

That sounds neat. Did you do it after creating a character profile or before?

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7 hours ago, brycec said:

That sounds neat. Did you do it after creating a character profile or before?

Depends on the character. Sometimes, if I have a really good feel of what I think they’re like, I jump to the letter. If I’m still hesitant about how to design them, I create a profile. 

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I absolutely agree, I started writing a book one year ago, and I left it aside for a while, still haven't returned to complete it because I have other things more important to attend, but I agree that it's one of the hardest types of Art to master. Don't worry if you're misstreated for your unpopular work, that's just a sign that they aren't open minded enough to understand your message.

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3 hours ago, Rudilla said:

I absolutely agree, I started writing a book one year ago, and I left it aside for a while, still haven't returned to complete it because I have other things more important to attend, but I agree that it's one of the hardest types of Art to master. Don't worry if you're misstreated for your unpopular work, that's just a sign that they aren't open minded enough to understand your message.

Could be that the writer is not any good, but this piece does not seem to be bad at all, so I highly doubt that is the problem.

It is sad though that people do not realize how hard it can be to write something great, seeing as there will be errors and typos present, even after proofreading and editing.

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43 minutes ago, brycec said:

Could be that the writer is not any good, but this piece does not seem to be bad at all, so I highly doubt that is the problem.

It is sad though that people do not realize how hard it can be to write something great, seeing as there will be errors and typos present, even after proofreading and editing.

What piece are you talking about? 

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2 minutes ago, brycec said:

This blog post, which complains about how writers do not get respect.

Okay Okay, I do agree that it's quite good.

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