IF THE body is made from the foods we eat, then the beauty of the poems we pen, the elegance of the prose we write and the majesty of the books we author can be said to be derived from the books we read.
The ideas, imagery and anecdotes from books, speeches and newspapers are the raw materials that the brain needs to weave its creative magic to mint ideas to fill the blank page.
The creative soul needs a constant dose of good books for reading, to replenish the mental stock. Reading and writing are symbiotic twins. To write well, one needs to read well from literature’s vast spectrum.
When we open a book to read, a universe opens before us, and we are transported to another realm. Ravi Zachariah posits the futility writing without the input of new ideas. The expenditure of words without income of ideas leads to conceptual bankruptcy.
As we read, the mind stores all that we digest from the literary page and, when we need it to write that sentence, brings out of us the right words, phrases or concepts.
We are creatures with a creative mind. When we ingest literature’s materials, raw or refined, the mind will mysteriously coin literary gems to pour on to the canvas of a new page. Words that may leave readers in awe.
Today we are fortunate to have library, internet and other places where we can read, to glean the raw material for our individual literary pursuits.
I am very grateful for having stumbled across the PNG Attitude blog where I have read breathtaking and quality prose in the form of poetry, commentaries, essays and stories affecting our country and our relationship with the former colonial master, Australia.
The blog has been one amongst many sources to replenish my mind in a budding literary career. I say thank you to the founder of the blog, Keith Jackson, to the founder of Pukpuk Publications, Phil Fitzpatrick, and to the many contributors to the blog.
When I read PNG Attitude each morning, I’m inspired beyond words. The poems and articles prod my imagination and make my creative juices flow. I hope my countryfolk find in this blog the building blocks for their successful literary careers.