Interested in creative writing? Check out these two books

Books are a uniquely portable magic. The wordsmiths who write magical books are not entirely God gifted individuals. Their writing prowess is in fact, result of intense work ethic and some rule of thumb. Writing may be about craftsmanship and imagination, but it can be learned if you closely follow specific guidelines, courtesy of veterans of this field. Obviously, no one can train you to become the next Shakespeare or Tagore, but have firm belief that writing skill can be mastered. Who knows, you could be a bestselling author someday!

Let us introduce you to writing pro tips by Stephen King and Syed Shamsul Haque. The following books can teach you to write better in English and Bangla.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Stephen King is revered as an astonishing horror writer across the world. His books have spawned films like ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ and ‘Stand by Me’.  This one time, Stephen King’s publicist told him to write a book for aspiring writers. King took this opportunity and wrote his autobiography “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft”. This book is a Bible for people who want to start writing but clueless about where to start from. As a religious Stephen King fanatic, I had to lay my hands on this masterpiece. Little did I know this will change my perception about writing forever.

“On Writing” was published in 1994 and immediately met with critical and popular acclaim. Part biography, part writing masterclass, this book consists of 2 parts, one tells about his life from the early sixties, the other part is his way of interpreting the art of writing. The writer himself is very confident that with the appropriate orientation and tools, it is possible anyone can be a successful writer. Not of Shakespearean or Dickensian stature, but at least s/he will be able to make a living out of writing. Stephen states some writers are God gifted and their talent is way beyond our understanding. But like any other skills, writing too can be learned and mastered, given the person gets the right dictation at the right time.

Marjine Montobbyo (মার্জিনে মন্তব্য) by Syed Shamsul Haque

Syed Shamsul Haque, the eminent poet, playwright and novelist- decodes the art of writing  in his book ‘Marjine Montobbyo’. Originally published as newspaper columns, this book is a holy grail for any aspirant to excel in Bangla creative writing. Haque cracks the technique of writing poetry and fiction.Nevertheless, he is reluctant to call this book a manual of some sort. “Writing has some prerequisites attached to it, if someone gets a mentor and exposure to the tools earlier in their life, it’s easy for them to nurture those habits and apply it to their writing. This book nonchalantly approaches the dos and donts of creative writing”, states Haque. The author not only reveals his manta but also analyzes work by other literary giants. Marjine Montobbyo is so inspirational that even bestselling writer Anisul Haque recommends this to novice writers.

If you want to start writing, these books might be your north star. Just don’t stop reading as much as you can. And never let anyone undermine your writing.

Good luck!