Have you ever come across a paragraph that makes you see galaxies on the page/screen? Have you read a piece of written work that makes your heart burst for joy? Have you discovered a bunch of sentences that make you gasp and faint, because you can’t even imagine expressing the same emotion with such a great impact?
Welcome to the thoughts I have been brooding about these past few days.
These “angelic writers” are not found only on blogs or in books. You can find traces of their heaven-liness in their daily communication, and that’s what makes them superhuman.
I mean, I write rubbish comments on blog posts. The English I use in daily chats or emails are basic. But these people? They can pour honey and dew into anything they write. ANYTHING.
Some symptoms, sorry, ways to find that a person is an angelic writer:
- They write crisply. “Even a potato wafer is put to shame.”
- They write great ideas in simple words. “We often tend to do the opposite.“
- They not only write, they also inspire, engage and breathe life into you with their words. “Superhumans, I told you.”
- They can thank you, or appreciate something you’ve done, however minor or insignificant. “And you’ll feel like you won the Nobel Prize.“
- You feel your mind go quiet as you read the sentences they write. “Out of respect, awe, jealousy, tears, emotion, I don’t know.“
The question is: What makes angelic writers angelic?
Here are a few answers that I’ve thought about:
1. They know a lot about people, love and philosophy.
It’s important to know about people. Only then will you understand what they want to read, what their goals are, why they approach your book/blog, what makes them happy, and what puts them off.
Love. A person full of love can write content that makes birds chirp, Cinderella style. This love can be towards anything or anybody – a profession, a hobby, a person, a thing.
Philosophy is not appreciated by people, unless asked for. This type of author knows how to weave philosophy and advice into anything. And you end up learning so many new ideas and thoughts unconsciously.
2. They think about you first, and then about themselves.
The angelic writer does not wish to promote his/her own achievements, beliefs and egotistical nature. They do not write with the intention of impressing anyone.
“Then why do they write?”
To make sure that YOU, their devoted reader, have some food for thought in every thought.
They want to make you feel that your emotions are appreciated.
They feel the need to help you grow and develop into something more beautiful than they are.
They just are angels.
3. They read a lot.
Every writer reads a lot (or should, ideally). But a reading list can consist of anything from Mills and Boons to a Jeffrey Archer novel. What sets their bookshelves apart is the quality of content, the obscurity of thought and the ingenuity of the story line in the books they read.
And of course, reading a lot helps them gain the upper hand in terms of grammar (which they use correctly and properly) and vocabulary (which they use judiciously).
4. Their imagination is beyond this earth.
You could ask an angelic writer to connect a glass of water with an accounts textbook, and they will. (Don’t curse me for giving a home example, these objects are sitting in front of me as I write this post.)
Their creative juices can touch Proxima b and come back. That’s why every idea and thought makes you feel numb and divine within.
5. They are ‘clarity goals’.
You do not need to read the sentence twice to understand them. Unless you go into some sort of literary ecstasy and have to read the line again, because it’s just “oozing awesomeness”.
Simple language, great ideas and even greater presentation and timing is the key to clarity. Your sentence must present one idea in a way that is understood by the reader as the same idea you wanted to share. You could have a brilliant joke to write, or a witty comment to say. But knowing its perfect place in a paragraph is a skill.
And knowing when to shut up is another.
Here’s a small example of how you feel when you read a piece of work by the angelic writer (since i can’t reproduce one myself and help you feel these feelings first-hand)
It feels like you are standing in the center of the universe. Gravity does not exist, and there’s a faintly sweet taste in your mouth. Honey, sugar or doughnut. The weightlessness around you seeps into your head via the ears. A happy hormone flows into your veins, gathering together in your heart. You heave a sigh, and refuse to move from this magical fantasy painted in front of you. You want to curl up between the lines, and take up residence there.
You are transfixed by the beauty of a string of alphabets.
Do you know any angelic writers? Have you read/met/spoken/worshipped/fangirl-ed/fanboy-ed/dreamt about them? Comment below and let me know!