Appreciate the art of good writing
‘ART’, such a tricky word. Some people don’t understand the concept. What exactly is art?
You can find the definition of art almost everywhere, a dictionary for instance, but I think the real definition is reliant on the person behind the art, an artist.
The authenticity of it could be understood by the mastermind behind the art.
Me, I am an artist, I see differently to other people, I think differently and I conclude differently.
Sometimes people never understand the message you are trying to convey, only you can understand and that’s painful because the power of an artist is in their audience.
What if the audience does’t even see the picture you are trying to paint?
Then the artist’s dream is shattered to pieces.
Sometimes as a novelist, you write a novel and think it’s all put together, beautifully written, and you think this might catch the publisher’s eye; you even envision yourself a published author - tough luck your vision doesn’t even come close to the truth.
The publisher is an audience, you are an artist, and again you are trying to convey the message to an audience that doesn’t even understand the language you are speaking.
You are rejected in publishing houses, not many of them, but one is enough to shatter your dream forever and when that happens, you can’t think like an artist anymore, you feel like a failure.
Publishing houses have turned down so many good authors because they refuse to look behind the frame and see what the painting is truly about.
They refuse to see things from the author’s perspective and that’s so painful because South Africa could’ve had a great many wonderful, talented and good writers, instead we are burying our heads in American or foreign books.
We are complementing other countries for seeing the talent and art while our own country doesn’t even know of our existence.
Publishing houses should stop shattering writers’ dreams, they should stop making an artist feel less than they are, and most importantly they should stop making South Africa an incompetent country that can’t generate good and authentic reads.