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Craft is the more prominent feature of literary art than inspiration.

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Started: 10/18/2007 Category: Education
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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aparna

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The talent of a writer will fade out if he didn't use craft. Reading another writers' works will help to introduce better technics and literary devices to your own writing.
tsmart1770

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Inspiration is a necessity, while craft is a tool. Viewing other peoples work does nothing more than assist a writer by teaching him a variety of rhetorical devices, and new diction. Inspiration is the motivation behind writing. One cannot scribe without motivation, therefore one cannot write without inspiration.
Viewing others work is not a necessity, and if you describe it as such, then I query - How does reading another work motivate one to write?
If a writer should find motivation through another literary devices than the writer is inspired by their aspiration for knowledge, and by the knowledge that the separate author has provided for them.

Without inspiration one cannot write, and if one cannot write then his talent will rapidly decay. Craft is purely a tool used by an eager writer to improve, but is not a necessity.
Debate Round No. 1
aparna

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"Practice makes it perfect." Many people write inspired drivel. It takes hard work and practice to be great. "Inspiration is a necessity, while craft is a tool." I think you have to consider that statement again. the simplest example I can say is language. When a kid is born, he is not "born with" the language but, he is "learning" the language. Of course he have the ability to speak, but if he don't use it he will lose that ability forever. So, he have the "inspiration" but not the "tool" and hence, he won't have any use with his "inspiration." As you said "inspiration is just the motivation behind writing". That motivation won't always make a good writer. It needs work too. "How does reading another work motivate one to write?" I considered that question as well. But think about it. Suppose, you are an inspirational writer and you wrote so many works. But now, after you have written down all of your ideas on a piece of paper, you wouldn't know what to write next. So you try reading the famous works of other writers. I don't mean plagiarism, but, when you read a book based on a certain theme, you are evoking your ideas relating to that theme.
tsmart1770

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"Practice makes perfect" I couldn't have said it myself. This, as you put it, "inspired drivel" has guided people throughout history. Within the numerous people this saying inspired, is the basketball player, Michael Jordan. According to Advisortoday.org Michael Jordan devoted, "thousands of hours of practice" to develop his nearly perfect shot; proving that the rule of practice makes perfect is genuinely true. What you need to realize is that those hours were not spent watching and critiquing the shots of other basketball players, but instead were spent physically on the court with a ball in his hand, shooting at a metal rim. Similarly, you cannot rely purely on what you read to influence how you are able to write. In the middle of your argument, you stated in reference to a child learning to speak, "Of course he have the ability to speak, but if he don't use it he will lose that ability forever." Similarly, you may have the ability to write, but if you spend 50 years of your life reading philosophical novels' and then attempt to scribe what you have learned, you will find that your writing skills are in a derisory state, and that you will not be able to adequately describe your discoveries through writing.

Also note that you did not address the comment that I made, "inspiration is motivation." If you are motivated to do anything, it is derived from inspiration. Using your example of a child learning the English language, this child is motivated (inspired) by innate feelings of curiosity. Of course you would not be able to write without words, but you would not have words without innate inspiration.

Additionally, you answered my original question, "How does reading another's work motivate one to write?" by describing the situation of a writer with a case of writers block, after completely scribing all of his beliefs. You then suggested an easy fix for this case would be reading another authors work to "evoking" the "ideas" of the writer. Well, isn't "evoking ideas" a synonym for finding inspiration?

There is no other way to put it, without inspiration a writer cannot write. Furthermore, if a writer cannot write then he will lose all of his writing talent.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by aparna 9 years ago
aparna
Harlan: Craft is just like a thrive or try to write a better work. Inspiration is the born-with ability to be a better writer. Therefore, craft is not a form of inspiration.
Posted by Harlan 9 years ago
Harlan
Fascinating debate. I have not thought much to the subject. Though, I must ask:
Cant craft be a form of inspiration?
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