“I know something that you don’t know, I promise I will tell you if you keep going!”
On the first look, these words might seem to have nothing to do with the title!
But the confidence to say these words throughout your work- that’s the only thing you need to bypass those rejections and create a masterpiece!
Now that you have enjoyed the first 3 sentences, I am about to do something that should never be practiced unless there is a great need- I am breaking the flow and making it awkward. Because I don’t want you to go through this as a usual essay.
I want you to think over it at places and thus would be waking you up the moment you get in tune with the words. So I’ll be taking you through the longer route, baffling you, ignoring your questions, abandoning you at times, but I promise I would safely get you out of it with a smiling face.
In return, I need you to promise me that even if a few paragraphs fails to make sense, you would be with me till the end!
Continue reading only if you can manage that.
Since you have accepted the challenge, let’s ease the tension by answering the one question that has popped up in your mind.
‘Who the hell wrote this shit?’
I know this is not the one question, but just play with me, after all it’s just an article!
As the answer, I am someone working on a creative project, one among the many, who has realised the hard way that there isn’t any shortcuts to become a good creative artist!
But when I began, my confidence and inspiration (it was actually my ignorance) stood taller than the tallest of the mountains, I was positive that I’ll easily choose solitude as my friend and pull it off in a month.
Each day began by inspiring the harsh reality to RISE AND SHINE, unlike me.
Without even a proper training, I was working like a blind man searching for the only red piece of cloth from a heap of multicolored ones- I knew it was there in the heap, but I didn’t know how to find it.
All of a sudden, a heartfelt yet out of the place apology for the monotonous me, me, me, yes this doesn’t suit but I had promised to interrupt.
The point I wanted to stress was- I hated the process, mostly because it seemed impossible!
But with time (Time and solitude can make you fall in love with even Lord Voldemort), I began to love this process of playing God! Not just the process but even the smallest parts of it- my notebooks, papers, pens, sticky notes, even (Sorry for the second ‘even’ in the same sentence; forget it if you didn’t notice) my waste bin that carried my ‘once great’ works!
And now, I feel I can proudly say the tricky sentence ‘I am the best!’
It’s tricky because soon the subtle variability of the word ‘best’ would show its true colour! ‘Best’, like the weird word ‘Happiness’, is a little more complex than the word ‘complicated’.
Everyone says they are happy, but the quality and quantity differs with individuals, it even varies with time!
‘I am the best’- I know that pointless repetitions can make the writing monotonous, but at times it can bring back the reader’s attention to the specific point in the article that ensures its continuity, which in this case points to the same repeated sentence- ‘I AM THE BEST!’
‘I remember having the same ‘prodigious’ ‘fantabulous’ feeling about myself a month ago, right after I finished my ‘best’ creative piece.’
But within a week, I was thrown back into the dark dungeons of self-doubt. Actually, it was like falling flat on your face from the top of Everest, no, from an airplane flying way above the mountain!
And all of it happened because of a mere REJECTION!
“I was honest, unique, even slightly different from the mainstream ones. But still…” How I loved self loathing!
It’s always hard, but like you, I had learnt that the only way out of such a situation was to calm the nerves and drive on, honking ‘Hold On’, ‘Hold On’; until an unexpected inspiration finds you- right out of thin air.
At least, that’s what happens with me, each and every time.
The most recent one happened when I was least expecting it, in a crowded multiplex. And you won’t believe it- it was just four words, that too from the mouth of a dead lion in the sky, who said with the help of an impressive orchestra “Remember who you are!”
I dunno why or how but it inspired me, gave the courage to look into my rejected works and learn!
This piece is one among the many I’ve written after learning the one and only rule that should be followed by the creatives- have the courage to break all the rules, let it all rot in hell!
See I dunno why I am writing this sentence right after saying about rules, none of the rules would support this, but I know it fits!
So is the case with the rotten sentences I’ve placed all over the article! Regardless of it’s bad odour, you still seems to enjoy reading!
And you know what, this piece of writing would have had a greater worth or a greater impact if I was a successful author whose books had been printed more than twice the number of Bibles in this world. But unfortunately like yours, my time too is yet to come!
And until then, one shouldn’t try to inspire too much, especially with a lot of me talks as above; it might turn out to be a loathing advice. And that’s why it’s time to conclude. See this sentence does not fit, it’s affecting the flow! I am learning even while writing!
But before finishing, I need to give something for the readers to think about, only that would make the article memorable.
That’s the one other rule- Don’t always be the rule breaker, at times you have to stick with them!
I know you are thinking about the ‘only rule’ thing I mentioned before, sorry but I lied!
Coming back to the thing to ‘think about’
“At times, rejections could mean failure as an individual.”
It’s a little serious and deep but I am not gonna explain too much because I know you wouldn’t need one!
So what I wanted to convey was- if you are an aspiring creative, you might feel pathetic, that stupid sentence in quotes above would become your reality, moving in and out of you with your every breath, reminding you of it’s presence in each of your heartbeat. But whatever happens NEVER EVER TAKE IT INTO YOUR HEART!
Understand that it’s just a letter of rejection, not a death sentence for your brain! You are free to do anything with that piece of words- delete it, burn it, make paper boats out of it, even eat it. You wouldn’t die… but, you might choke, better soak it in water, tea, juice, beer, any drink of your choice before you go with the last option!
And consider those rejections as a God given opportunity to introspect and improve, because he has planned something greater for you!
No wait, that’s not fair! I shouldn’t do that, I need to tell you the truth.
Actually, to be frank I dunno if he ever has/ had/ would have such a plan, but I like to believe it that way!
Trust me, it helps!
One last line before I finish- Don’t even dare to think that this is the end of the article.
The paragraphs above were written to make sure you like me, for you to think in Jim Carrey’s voice “Now that was one good piece of article”.
What I really wanted to convey was,
Everyone struggles being a creative. Everyone has failed and will fail again. All of them have an angry, depressed, wistful piece in them, who either lives being lost in their past or in anticipation about his future.
Each one of them are trapped in a prison with an open gate, where they are fighting with anything and everything, even themselves, to be themselves.
“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”
(I know a few commas can facilitate the reading but I need you to read it more than once)
This piece of article was written for the ones who belongs to this class of people, the fighters.
‘When your art faces rejection, when you lose out of confidence, I want you to know that you are not the first of them, so were the fate of some other ‘Worser than Trash’ projects like Star Wars, ET, Back to the future, Ted, American Graffiti, Raiders of the lost arc, Pulp fiction, Home alone, The blind side, Dumb dumber… the list is pretty long.
Remember, you are never wrong, keep on polishing your work, take enough risks and you will live a real life.’
The last two paragraphs might sound great if you imagine Optimus Prime saying those, (of course with the epic background score) the way he calls out to the pseudo autobots on every ending of the movie! It’s been 5 movies now and I don’t think any of the refugee autobots have ever heard his message, except for the evil ones. But still he never stops, though it’s too cliched, none of the movie ends without his speech. I bet none would ever will. And that’s because everyone associated with the movie knows the importance of HOPE in life!
That’s the one last thing I wanted to tell you- Never ever lose hope my dear, we are born to win.
Actually, that’s not the one last thing, it’s the confession- “I am sorry but I really don’t have anything you don’t know, I just wanted you to keep going!”
As a quick feedback, don’t you think I could have come up with a better title?
…… No specific reason for this sentence, just to make sure you are still smiling.
See I might have compromised the quality of the content with the outdated idea of vertical dots and the above 2 sentences. But that’s the kind of risk every person aspiring to be a creative should happily take! It might turn out to be bad but that’s how you learn!
Never stop experimenting! No matter what, the result will always have a bright side!
Take the case of this article, irrespective of the weird narration, I think I have achieved something to be excited for- finally, someone has reached the end of my article!
‘The blind man, he has finally found his red cloth!’ Someone called out as I was running to the editor’s cabin.
“Editor, Editor! See, I have found the red cloth”
With an indifferent shrug, out of total contempt he shouted,
“Idiot! That’s your red, my red is actually your blue!”
Courtesy: The great quote belongs to E.E Cummings.
Picture courtesy: Smitesh mistry