On 1st April, 2013, the Indian Government announced the banning of Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ under section 11 of the Indian Customs Act.
The book was banned after representations were made to the Prime Minister of the country by five members of WAR (Writers against Reading) including the founder- duo of WAR, Robindro Singh and Nrittika Singhal.
The official statement said that Stephen King’s book has been banned as a preventive measure. WAR representatives said this book contains such advice for writers and specially, aspiring authors which could be detrimental to the attainment of their authorial goals.
One advice is, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
According to Robindro Singh, writer of the bestseller, “I have two love stories” said WAR members are proud proof of the fallacy of this advice. If they waste time reading when will they get the time to write? This is a question to which any answer will be redundant. WAR representatives are also angry because they see an excessive propaganda of this advice on Facebook and this could, according to them, corrupt young minds that are keen to make a mark in writing.
Another advice WAR is against is “to kill your darlings.” The members find this advice strange because they write love stories and just can’t imagine killing any darlings. According to Rahul Tank, author of “If it is the fifth time, is it still love?” and “Heyyyy, did I just fall in love?” both bestsellers, says that the protagonist in his stories is always the decent Indian boy-man who would not dream of killing her even if she broke his heart for the fifth time.
WAR proponents are also ‘loosing’ their patience when they are finding that Stephen King says, “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” They say a true writer has to wait for inspiration, and it comes only when they have spent three hours promoting their work on Twitter and in the different groups on Facebook.
Stephen King could not be contacted in spite of repeated attempts. Mrs. King was of the opinion that Mr.King was going to be spending a lot of time, that day, in the basement.
(A is for Happy April Fools Day :D)
They say April is the ‘cruel’ month and I think I’ve been cruel to myself by signing up for multiple blogging challenges, writing assignments and whathaveyou.
But behind the cruelty is love – love for the written word and love for the writing. Love always sustains. Or does it?