The activity is to write for 20 mins whatever comes to mind on writing and why I write.
Well, why do I write when there is so much written stuff around? I love to write. I have wanted to write for a long time, but was really scared to try it out. Primarily, I was worried about the feedback. Then I was worried that my friends and relatives will laugh at me. Maybe some of them will also be embarrassed about me. But then I realised that just thinking about writing will really get me nowhere. If I want to be a writer, I need to write. As in if you want to be a swimmer, you need to swim. Or, to be a doctor, you need to practise medicine.
My journey to write.
It was also not a decision I made one fine day. My journey actually started with twitter. Here I met some amazing people who have been blogging for a long time. Reading their blogs, taking tips from blogs that support writers, I started on my journey to create a blog. I was excited to see the in-depth valuable information for bloggers on the wordpress.com website. I started observing the daily prompts and it’s responses. I felt, I could also do it. I started of with a small post in June 2014. My friends on twitter obliged me by reading it and giving me feedback on the same. This encouraged me a lot. Slowly, the fear of feedback was diminished. This is my 43rd post. I have also noted many topics which I want to write about.
Lessons learnt along the way
I also realized that first and foremost, I need to write for myself. If I am not enjoying the process, then its a waste of effort and time. I also improved on my English articulation. You can see the difference in my initial blogs and the recent ones. I also understood, there is no need to have daily posts. More than the quantity of the posts, it’s the quality that matters. Compared, to June 2014, I have fewer posts now . But the number of visitors have increased, the number of views per visitor has also increased. Its been only three months now and I think its going good. In the beginning, I have been writing non-fiction. But since last week, indulged in fiction posts. My first fiction post was for ‘Flash Fiction Friday’. I received good encouraging feedback on the same, so plan to do more fiction posts. To keep the readers engaged, I have created another blog (Fictionally yours) where I plan to write fictional posts only. I am still working on the same.
Every ‘like’, every comment and every statistic on the blog makes me happy. Its pure pleasure.
I can see myself walking into the sunset writing and publishing articles, short stories and by God’s grace, maybe publish a novel too.