Ap­pre­ci­ate the art of good writ­ing

Eyethu Baywatch - - LETTERS - AN­GEL MTHETHWA

‘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.

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