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Creative Writing -- a Time Well Wasted


Val enjoys writing prose in rhymes by always leaving a message of a life truism in each piece.



I think no creative writer needs to be told that demands on the culture market have changed -- and not in their favor. Being only an amateur in that group puts me even in a worse situation, and my satiric side is not sparing me from its discouraging remarks.

But then, who really needs the market, we can just write to give boredom, and possibly loneliness, a sweet taste of creativity. Namely, a good number of us writing for Hub Pages also benefit from enjoying all friendly exchanges of praises, good wishes, and all the rest that virtual friends can do, in this absence of having a beer together and flirting with each others' wives.

For one, I am really grateful to Hub Pages for allowing my mediocre scribblings to appear along with so many valuable creations of those true writers and poets. And also, for allowing my often controversial ideas to be published.

Boy! Did I ever write some against this Covid-19 crap, going sharply against the grain of the mainstream media. And then I also wrote some not very nice stuff about the organized religion, politics -- in short, in quite a few of my writings I was playing a smart-ass probably getting on some people's nerves.

Brenda, John, Bill, Umesh, few others -- you are truly some noble hearts for finding something nice to write under my pieces. You could have stayed silent, just like those hundreds of my followers. For that I love you and respect you, beside your talents that have to be mentioned with a good dose of envy.

Truth be told (again?), I am not expecting some massive flattering comments, but of course, I wouldn't be a human if I didn't enjoy every of those praising words.

I find creative writing -- or at least my version of it -- a time well wasted. At this age of pushing 77, I shouldn't have so much time to waste, but after all my high quality time is over (with studious reading, meditations, self-advancing practices, and family matters), hell, I have no corporations to run, no political career to push, not even an ambition to take over the world with my irresistible charisma.

So, what else to do but to obtain from my wife a permission to ignore her for a few hours and pretend to write some smart-ass stuff. Then karma is boomeranging back at me for that ignoring act, as all readers gladly skip over my titles.

O.K., it seems like only one thing needs to be cleared here before I let you read a couple of my "poetic masterpieces" (I have to pamper my writer's ego calling them that way, no one else will) -- and that's this apparent putting myself down.

Don't I have any writer's self-esteem? Any confidence? Any incentive -- after all this being said about myself as a writer??

Of course I do, all of that -- I've just been counting on your sense of humor. Except for one thing that I may still be serious about -- creative writing really appears to be a time well wasted -- and then, it's up to each of us what beyond that we can make of it.

Creative Fever

We have an incessant inner chatter

minds often shifting into an overdrive

so to dump some of that mental clutter

it's good to make a creative writing dive.

Brainstorming through all that stuff

ideas come some crazy, some good

not easy to separate wheat from chaff

but then it all depends on creative mood.

It's something like giving mental birth

and not exactly without any labor pains

then finally we get to see our efforts worth

while feeling a great relief all over our brains.

Now talking about that nagging need to share

once that an idea looks worth presenting

but we need it to be shown out there

even if it's only a crazy venting.

Without sharing creation makes no sense

as our creative muse needs that support

though how it will be taken is a suspense

yet we've got to go through it -- not abort.

And we admire what we have created

knowing by others' tastes it will be tested

just the same, look how we're feeling elated

for all time spent just couldn't be better wasted.

Obviously Nothing Better to Do

When state of mind craves to produce an art

there's nothing that could stop that inner call

for we've got a coherence of mind and heart

when sky is the only limit, no ceiling or wall.

That surrender to inspiration feels so sweet

it is much like drifting into a creative trance

whole purpose of life seeming so complete

as we are admiring our creation in advance.

So once more our confidence is a guide

the one from so many instances before

it's between a satisfaction and a pride

we simply feel that we'll again score.

Word follows word like artist's brush in dance

a pen and a paper in their little romance

already looking great at first glance

with some highlights to enhance.

It must be good to deserve some credit

otherwise why even bother writing at all

for once delivered it's too late for an edit

and response may turn missing or small.

Not to become the culture market's stock

most tastes gravitating around information

not many may care about my writer's block

they are not longing to see my new creation.

So here I'm writing to kill some more time

for the moment having nothing better to do

but to play with showing my prose in rhyme

and to spend this little time with some of you.

© 2021 Val Karas


Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 09, 2021:

I enjoyed reading your poems. Once we create, we must share it irrespective of how the readers will judge it.

Val Karas (author) from Canada on May 09, 2021:

Pattyfloren -- I hope you would agree that a "good" article is a matter of taste and interest. Besides, if you are already popular, like it is with many musical composers, singers, novelists, poets, and essayists, you may write something of a less artistic value, and people will assess it as "good" or even "excellent".

It's all quite relative, my friend.

Val Karas (author) from Canada on May 09, 2021:

Peggy -- Well, going a little satirical is my fun, and I certainly don't take my writing for anything more than a pastime.

Val Karas (author) from Canada on May 09, 2021:

John -- To you writing for Hub Pages certainly means something different than it is in my case, and I was not really generalizing there. With your talent you can do much more than I could, so just keep doing it, my friend.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 09, 2021:

Another of your articles that I enjoyed reading, Val.

Even though creative writing does not do well if we look at it from a “Google search” or HubPages earning perspective, it surprisingly can do well as a source of income.

As a freelance writer at Fiverr.com most of my paid work is for creative writing (poetry for anniversaries, birthdays, tributes, voice over advertising, educational material, etc and children’s stories.) so although creative writing isn’t as popular as informational and “how to” type articles from an Internet search perspective, it does have a valid market.

I juggle my writing between my paid work at Fiverr and what I write for my recreation, personal development, and enjoyment here. I use what I write at HubPages as my portfolio to show potential customers.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2021:

Haha! Now that your days are free of having to do things like run corporations or represent your constituents by holding a political office, you are taking advantage of the time you have by writing these pieces. This is another one that brought some humor to my day.

Patty Florence from Illinois on May 09, 2021:

Good writing always seems worthwhile!

Val Karas (author) from Canada on May 09, 2021:

Umesh -- Thank you, I am glad you liked it. I am adding your name to the little list in this hub of those generous commenters. Have a great day, my friend.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on May 09, 2021:

Well presented. Thought provoking.

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