Giving birth to an idea

“Writing a book is similar to giving birth to a child” or something of that sort said the preface of the book I was reading once. Without giving it too much thought, except for a slight confusion, I continued reading the main part of the book. At that time I could not possibly comprehend the meaning behind this analogy. These were good old days, when I just consumed knowledge, without sharing anything. Good old days…

Our commitments change as we grow. In a kindergarten we are rewarded for playing whole day. In school days we were rewarded for reading our assignments and doing some of the homeworks. The same pattern largely persists in university days, or college days for Americans. Some of us might decide that they are not done with organized education system and might go for PhD studies. Those guys find themselves in a position of contributing to the human knowledge. Put it simply it does not suffice to consume the knowledge at this stage, one have to give. Being a PhD student with a year left to expected graduation, I can relate to mentioned quote much better than I did initially. Indeed, the author spoke the truth. Let me tell you the story of giving birth to an idea.

Whether it is about a book, an article or a thesis, every creative endeavour starts with an idea. When a right idea hits your head, it radiates your mind like a sun, giving so needed warmth. Everything seems so ideal and promising, that days start to pass like dreams. Then there comes a need to implement that idea. ‘Ok, it is no a big deal’, one thinks with his enlightened mind. Indeed, first few days of the implementation process usually pass as planned. But things start to change somehow with first blocks. The first difference with the plan. The missed deadlines. The small miscalculations. Then follow ruined hopes. An initial excitement fades away like a mirage and one has to face a burden of a long travel. One knows that one has to do it, yet finding path and actually walking on is so difficult. It takes time to learn this skill.

A time goes on and one gets used to the cycle of ups and downs. One replaces strict schedule with flexible one, or goes even further and throws away the plans to focus on the process. One learns about the art of being pro, who just shows up everyday. Finally it is time to show your work to the public, where one puts an end to continuous corrections and polishing. The work, an embodiment of the initial idea, is born. It might look fragile and weak, yet it has beauty in the eyes of the author. This work symbolises a contribution of the artist to the world. It is there.



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