Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.

आम्हां घरी धन शब्दांचीच रत्नें | शब्दांचीच शस्त्रें यत्न करुं ||
शब्द चि आमुच्या जीवांचे जीवन | शब्दें वांटूं धन जनलोकां ||
तुका म्हणे पाहा शब्द चि हा देव | शब्द चि गौरव पूजा करुं ||
- abhang of Tukaram Wolhoba Ambile of Dehu

There's No Freedom Like That of a Child's Imagination

கடலுக்கு உண்டு கற்பனைக்கு இல்லை கட்டுப்பாடு

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

What is the 'Raamesh touch'?

For the last few writings of mine, I have received one particular feedback - that they seem to lack the 'Raamesh touch'. That, above all things, has left me completely stumped. What, under the sun, is the 'Raamesh touch'?

I know many writers have their signatures across their range of work - so you can see a few pages torn from a book and say "Aha! This is Kipling". I don't know how good or bad that is in terms of literary value, although one can use it to attest authorship in cases of uncertainty.

I don't have any idea that there is such a signature to my output, nor am I sure I want one. I write to experiment with all sorts of stuff, though I must admit I am something of a minimalist. I avoid lengthy descriptions (why handcuff the reader's imagination?), or subplots or layering, so that my story is told without misunderstanding, but beyond that, is there anything? Or is that the so-called 'Raamesh touch'?

And if it is, am I well-advised or ill-advised to stick to it? And that's a question not just for me, but any writer. It is the European Union Question - expand, or deepen?

Stick to something you're good at and do everything that way

Or

Try all sorts of things and not get labelled one way or the other?

So what do I do?

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