❝One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.❞
This is something which has been one of the main worries of the amateur writers or those who want to kick off their writing journey that if their writings are not technically correct, nobody would be interested in reading them. And, unfortunately, that is true to an extent. Yes, technicalities do matter; technicalities are considered while somebody (I do consider) goes through your writing. Won’t your taste spoil quite a lot bit if, while savoring a tasty dish, you chew a tiny raw piece of garlic (those who like garlic, please substitute it with an item you can’t stand) accidentally? Same happens on stumbling upon a technical error in a beautiful story.
In fact, most of the people who contacted me, emailed me to talk about their writing- their worry, too, was of the technical gaps and oh! the language barrier.
As I myself write only in English language, I can vouch only for English. And as fiction is what I mostly write and read, in the above lines- “work” and “writings” refer mostly to fiction only.
English not being my first language (which is Hindi, by the way, as I’m from India) I had to learn it. But in my case, I’ve always loved the English language- it has always fascinated me, right since my childhood, and it still hasn’t stopped doing so. How I used to (and still) love solving Grammar sections- that is the true love you could have witnessed. And if you love doing something, it no longer stays a subject to be learnt, but to be enjoyed and never getting bored of.
But, unlike me, not many have that inclination towards language (English,) while many aren’t given the opportunity to learn it. Hindi, being the most-spoken language in India, is the one we, natives, are comfortable with. Many states in India don’t even emphasize on the importance of English. Why only English to be emphasized upon and not any other language say, French, German, or Spanish? Because of the obvious reason of English being the most-widely spoken language worldwide.
Well, returning back to the question of language being a barrier. No, it’s not a barrier. It can be a barrier (in the initial phase) though if the language you want to write in is the one you’re not well-versed with.
Writing has never asked you to use one specific language; writing needs dedication; writing needs passion; writing needs heart. If you have the latter three, you’re good to go.
You may start with writing in Hindi, or any other language you’re comfortable with. (But remember, every language has its own technicalities. Be cautious of not neglecting them.) The only drawback, which I’ve realized till now, is the lesser amount of eyes that would go through your work. I myself prefer reading English work, and sometimes Hindi too; rest even if I want to I cannot because of the language barrier.
In India itself, work of so many authors is translated into various languages; many French, Italian, Swedish works have been translated into English. But that would happen only after you’ve established yourself, which, in most probable cases, is a long-term goal.
Anyhow, once you’ve gotten yourself into writing, a wise decision need to be taken. What is that? To get yourself versed with English language. Why only English? Again, because of it being the language which is spoken, understood and taught worldwide. Learning it would provide you with the larger platform for your work, your writings, your stories.
If not a cakewalk, it neither is the most difficult task to learn a language’s technicalities, especially English (this might be ironic as English is the language, that even after years, keeps on surprising me with its newness every now and then.)
“In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who lose a child.”
― Jodi Picoult
I didn’t even know this until recently.
You’ve to dedicate yourself on a regular basis to the job. Thousands of books, and zillions of tutorials floating around on Internet are at your service.
You’d not become a Grammar-Nazi (nobody ever is) only after a few lessons. There probably wouldn’t be even a single error-free line in the initial phase. But don’t let your mistakes stop you either; as only your mistakes will let you know of your pitfalls and the areas of improvement. Nobody promised you (and if somebody has- it’s time for you to head to a real teacher) that you’ll learn everything and be perfect in a month’s sessions or two. It’ll take time, a lot of it.
But don’t wait to get started with writing after having learnt English. That way you’re preparing yourself to become an English-Grammar teacher, not a writer.
Writer needs to write with a heart (and we all have one. Don’t we?); brain does its job later. Get accustomed to writing first, and then move on to the task of learning to write in your preferred language. Get started with whatever language you’re comfortable in. Because technicalities can be learned, but writing- it is something you already have got in yourself. No money, no miracle can put it in you. It’s just the matter of time you realize that- the craving of telling stories- and put it onto paper.
“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
Ah! So True.
Learning would (should) never be stopped; it’s a never-ending process. I’m still learning, and I’m sure most of you are too.
How do you feel about it?- The relation between Writing and Language. Do share your views.
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