It’s Time to be a Great Pakistani Writer

kausar bilal writer“…Moreover, I am into Writing. And, want to pursue it as my career,” I replied the interview question of the Principal of the school, where my son was about to be admitted.

“You mean hand writing or creative writing?” She inquired.

“Of course, creative writing,” I blurted out, astonished by the question.

Later, I came to know we didn’t have any Creative Writing Programs in Pakistan. Only high profile private schools lay some foundations on the right lines, but afterwards, our main stream colleges or universities don’t offer any opportunities in this discipline.

Still, if you are adamant to pursue writing out of your passion and inborn talent, you have to find some resources to learn the proper technique for writing various genres.

Always remember, writing is a proper technique and skill like any other discipline. So, we have to be educated on it. So far, we have writers and journalists who write depending upon their natural talent, inner directing voice, taking ideas by reading literature, fiction and non-fiction both. That’s how our magazines, newspapers and books are written and get published. Certainly, it’s itself an amazing accomplishment. However, we, as Pakistani writers, couldn’t make any place in the international market. The reason is we never learn the skill in our colleges and universities. The Pakistani writers, who could earn international identity, have studied Creative Writing from foreign universities.

Now, on one hand we should create an awareness on the matter and ask the educational authorizes to start creative writing programs.

One the other hand, as a first step, you should be introduced to various genres of writing both in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. Fiction means poetry, short story, novel and screenplay. Nonfiction has its own genres like articles, travelogues, memoirs, report writing, blog writing, journalistic features and critique. So, get books on these genres and enjoy reading them. Go for international writers. Best way is to start from Pakistani (South Asian) writers to other South Asian writers. Then move to English writers. During the journey, study of top classic and contemporary Urdu writers can also be very beneficial.

While reading, analyze the book as a writer. Look for writing technique, style, choice of words, characters, twist and turns, themes, plots and anything that fascinates you.

Alongside, start a blog or personal journal, where you should write regularly, using the knowledge you acquire during your reading. Here you will come to know about the genres you are more interested in from writing point of view.

Now, come online and see some print material to improve your writing quality, like:

http://www.creative-writing-now.com/

It will teach you step by step how to craft a genre to meet international standards. You will automatically learn the technique and skill following the program. Also, it offers some free online creative writing courses.

Another excellent source it http://coursera.org, where leading universities of the world offer 300 free online short courses. Here, you can pick up courses on creative writing.

Google the Creative Writing workshops offered online. They charge. Or you can look for online degree programs. If possible, go abroad to earn a degree in Creative Writing. Your personal reading, regular writing practice, following the two mentioned online links will help you to develop a good creative writing profile of yours, which is required to be admitted to international universities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 Comments
  1. Nicely described and informative…
    It is something I’m doing since my childhood but never shared. 🙂

  2. Nice to know. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Writing is a skill and an art too, a writer has to be versatile and polish his/her gifted talent in writing. I believe writing is a kind of skill which need long years of excessive hard work, excessive reading interest and much more therefore only few have to capacity to capture this opportunity only. Its not everybody’s cup of tea, however if one comes to know that he or she has the passion than it can be polished with practice.
    Anyway, its a great post for all of us which highlights the writing as a profession in contemporary era. Well done!

  4. Thank you, Ayesha, for your great comment. I agree with you that only writing passion can make us work hard, take challenges and grow. Thanks again.

  5. Well, reading this my mind wandered through my memory lane. I was never a writer until 2 years ago I realized that I can write and good with my words, but it was a personnel experience which I had made me a writer and though the period was rough I’m glad that I was able find out the hidden ability in me. Writing is obsession to me now but sadly in Sri lanka there’s no great respect to writers or bloggers like me. Though most of writings are emotional I think most loved what they read on my blog and I’m proud of who I am today …..great post 🙂

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