The Explanations

As a writer, it is unnecessary to give a lengthy introduction, not a prologue, but a piece giving away vital information about the writing. Sometimes they sound even too apologetic and used as a ploy to attract some sympathy of readers. There is already so much being revealed that it feels laborious to read the main work after an excessively apologetic tone from a writer.

Write, write unapologetically and invest more words/vocabulary in your writing to enrich the work. If more than half the effort goes in overt explanations, as a reader it becomes rather insipid because the element of mystery, literary metaphors, lose their charm and impact. Writing survives on these literary metaphors and breathes life into them when a reader’s imagination aroused every time.

It is irritating to read the explanations as if the author ignores the intellect of the reader. Do not create unnecessary drama and dilemma or rather, a dichotomy, a tension between the introduction and main work to invalidate the reading process.  It is your creativity, the storytelling ability that should attract readers. There should be enough scope to discuss, write an essay, and debate on a literary piece; it makes literature more relevant.

While introducing a literary work, a preface and introduction is necessary when it is a major work that has already been in the reader’s domain for a long time and a fresh publication is introduced to new readers for a better in-depth perspective about the background of the author, body of work, importance of the work, contribution in the literary world, and a well-researched narrative about the author’s life. The social setting, the comments of contemporaries are all expressed in that introduction. Even on a professional introduction, sometimes the extravagant enormity of the explanations takes away the charm from the work.

9 thoughts on “The Explanations

    1. Convicting?

      I read a lot of literary criticisms, and from time to time, I write about the process of writing and how literature can be presented. It is more of a critique; should not be taken as a criticism though.

      Yes, as you rightly said, this can be applicable to all genres of literature, as well as, blogging. I think blogging too requires a lot of creativity, and a form of storytelling.

      Thank you for sharing your views on this, Marie!

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      1. Oh by convicting I just meant that I know I personally have taken an overly apologetic tone at times and didn’t think about how that would impact the read of the post or impact the reader! This perspective is eye opening and made me reflect on how I present my own thoughts. Have a great weekend ahead, Amitav!

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      2. I feel you have quite a balanced way of narrating or presenting your blog. The opening lines in your blog pulls in the reader right into the storytelling. Then you use the right amount of humor (it hits the right note everytime… which I quite enjoy reading). You give the space while introducing someone in your blog, a warm friendly tone that cannot be missed. The enthusiasm you have makes the blog lively; as a reader, I feel you do justice to each blog.

        Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Marie! Best wishes always!

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      3. Oh wow, thank you soo much 🙏🏻- this is very affirming – especially because you have such a discerning viewpoint! This is encouraging and means tons. Thanks for the best wishes and same to you, Amitav!

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      4. Sorry, Marie! This comment landed up in the spam folder. Luckily, I was browsing through the spam before deleting them. WordPress acts funny! You are always welcome! Keep up the good work. 🙂 Wish you a Happy Sunday!

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      5. Aw no worries! My comments do that from time to time. Thank you for rescuing it from the Spam depths! Have a very Happy New Year, Amitav. I pray it brings health, blessings and joy for you.

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