The week before last, when I was away doing my own thing, Aparna Sridhar hosted her first session at Write Club, and by all accounts it was a smashing debut. The room reportedly was bursting at the door with people and there were cheers and laughs all around. I’ve had a look at the material and I can see why. Any session that aims to polarize people is sure to become a riot.
The topic is critical writing and critical thinking. In our professional degrees, some of us may have done courses which ask us to write arguments. Learning to argue and present your argument coherently in writing is a skill that is critical to all kinds of writers. Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, the two things that mark out a critical thinker – clarity and empathy – are the two most basic things that every writer must nurture with utmost care. If you cannot be in anybody else’s shoes but your own, you will never impress anybody but yourself with your writing.
All said, this is a good topic. Please do take the time to have a look at what Aparna has got to say, and please make the effort to do your own reading to develop your critical thinking abilities. It will help you both in life and in your writing.