The youth of this generation are far more imaginative. They possess a creative flair from about the age of 20. Whether they are painters, authors or even photographers. What is our canvas, platforms for appreciation. The chance of this, very limited. Why I say this? It becomes difficult when you consider traditional publishing, especially for writers. I find this the most difficult for writers than photographers or painters. Because for photography & painting, their platform is visual representation. It’s easier to judge, possibly to accept due to it’s art form. But why so difficult for writers? Even so, for me?
It concerns writing, publishing and even age. And appreciation experienced at much later stages of life — for writers, a lot later, especially past the age of 30. Examples of which include, Pulitzer and Nobel prize winner Toni Morrison, 39, Alice Munro, 37 or E.L. James in her late 40s. It suddenly occurred to me, frustrated as I was, probably I wasn’t going to be appreciated by readers until way past 30.
But why so? When one can create the most imaginative of material. In terms of traditional publishing, would they risk publishing an emerging author? I couldn’t come to accept this because here I was inventing material, hoping that I would be noticed. It’s so important when you need a sign to know you’re doing well, a sign of appreciation. When it came down to my first short fiction, Pod, — back in late 2012 — it went unnoticed. I was extremely disappointed. Because deep in my gut, I knew I had a new idea. I still consider it a huge concept that really could be adapted as a short film, because that’s the way I conceived the idea. But anyway, that’s not important here.
I don’t want my work to go unnoticed for years and years. It’s like watching a cult film that didn’t receive the appreciation back when it was originally released. What I realised was that it comes down to reading and time spent writing, which is practicing. I understand that I struggle with basic gammar, but it shouldn’t affect the scale and vision of my concepts.
Why should one be appreciated after they are gone? Why not when they are still around, crafting work to express their imagination, but also for their audience. And mostly, through sharing our work, we share what we come to understand is the craft of writing, and in some way, we daydream to find answers in life. We analyse our life through writing. It’s like meditation for some individuals. A remedy. To have our work appreciated is to express we are not alone in our journey of crafting. We become relatable by a mutual connection. To have a fan-base — it’s not about the numbers, as each number is really a person. The readers are our audience. But I don’t want numbers to define popularity — comparing one artist to another. This shouldn’t be the case at all: it should rather define, praise.
As part of this post, I also wanted to discuss what we can do, in some way, to support emerging artists from any kind of platform. Whether we connect with these artists via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, 500px or any other forms of social network. The least we can do is to Like, Favourite, Tweet & Re-tweet even if there’s no time to leave a comment. It really makes a difference — small gestures of appreciation.
I also encourage bestsellers, the well-established, to help support the emerging generation. If it weren’t for bestselling authors and editors, like Dionne Lister, the author of the bestselling epic-fantasy series The Circle of Talia, I don’t think I’d ever have come this far in my journey of understanding and projecting my ideas onto paper. I will always be grateful for her time and efforts, the strong friendship I have formed with her since I met her on Twitter. I emphasise this because there are probably those that doubt their writing, just the way I did — it’s easy to give up when no one wants to read your work or is very negative about it.
I continue to do this, even when there are many artists out there that really don’t know me, speak or tweet to me. I don’t spend a lot of time, but I do communicate by Liking, Favouriting, Tweeting & Re-tweeting. Even leave comments when I can. This is for the photographers, the painters, the authors, even for developers who provide tools such as Storehouse, ReadWave, Medium etc.
We as artists could also collaborate ideas on creative levels, or even feature work, e.g. blogging services to promote artists around the globe. Whatever the platform. Something like the sharing options of iOS8 extensions, metaphorically speaking. That help extend further reach. Paper by FifthThree provide this through a digital canvas for the painters. A dear friend Ksenia Anske does a fantastic job of featuring creative images for her blog posts captured by emerging photographers.
To take it a step further, we can help to promote and support a humanitarian cause(s). And add to this, we could listen out to those suffering from cyber bullying.
Spread the word.
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The image featured for this blog post is by a dear friend and artist Zoya Tariq (Zoyatrqs). I strongly felt I wanted to feature her work. And contacted her on Twitter. She approved instantly. Thankful to her for this brilliant image. Her creative image can be found at Flickr, Facebook, Twitter.