10 Things That Make Me Really Happy

Note to my reader: This post is a part (#1) of  ’30 Day Writing Challenge’ that I found on Pinterest. The challenge is a collection of simple writing prompts.

  1. Smell of paper, petrol, paint, fresh coffee powder aroma, petrichor
  2. Baby’s cackling laughter
  3. Reading
  4. When I am Creative
  5. Learning
  6. Colour
  7. Sending and receiving letters
  8. Fruits, flora, and fauna in our garden.
  9. When I am left alone with a book, and something to drink and munch on
  10. When someone takes the effort to speak the language properly

♫And these are a few of my faaavourite things!♫

Frankly speaking to you, my dear reader, its been quite hard these couple of months – to start or do anything and to keep at it. And hence, no posts on my blog lately. I want to do many things, but I am unable to get myself to do anything. There are lot of brilliant ideas flowing constantly in my brain, but getting myself to execute them – such hell! (A quick google search attributed my symptoms to low dopamine levels. I am working towards getting my levels to normalcy. 🙂 In a healthy, safe, organic way, btw! 😀 )

And so, when I found this writing challenge full of simple prompts on Pinterest, I was more than thrilled. I need not even write all this explanation. But, me just getting myself started by just jotting down a simple list, prompted me to actually to write here. Although there’s nothing really great or important that’s been said so far, it-actually-feels-GOOD! *deep satisfied sigh* I published a post, you see!

See you tomorrow with a brand new post!

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How do writers write?

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             Being a blogger I like to ‘claim’ to have a little experience in writing – you know, I blog, and its a ‘kind of’ writing.

             I think there are certain nuances to how writers write. Mind you, I am not talking about the writing style, but how writers ‘get to’ writing and/or ‘when’ they write. Let me explain.

             Let us consider Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He was a physician who wrote his famous ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and other stories when he were free with no patients to attend to. So, in my mind I picture him sitting at his physician’s desk, when there are no patients, taking a pen and a paper thinking, “let me write a story,” and ideas, and plots, and sequences, and characters, and words would flow from his mind through his pen onto the paper. And Voila! We have one of the greatest detectives the world has ever seen. Of course, there would have been many many MANY drafts, and crumpled papers before the final beauty came out. (I wish to think otherwise.)
           Another of my favourite authors is Jane Austen. I imagine her sitting at her desk that has a beautiful flower vase and writing away her finest writings.

             In a nut shell, what I believe is writers just…. write. Whenever they want to, whenever they feel like it characters and plots and words just float around them like lotuses waiting to be picked.
             But me, even a small blogger as I am, I cannot write whenever I want to. Words just don’t come. I mean, even when I force myself to sit and write something down, I wouldn’t be satisfied enough to publish it or even save it for future editing. It’s not a writer’s block. For me, ideas and/or writing happen just at the spur of a moment. An idea suddenly pops up, and if I do not write immediately, it just doesn’t happen again. Even if I somehow just remember the gist of it and try writing about at least an hour later – it just doesn’t happen. The moment’s just gone. That’s all. Almost all of my blog posts, including this one, happened at the spur of the moment. May be that is why I am inconsistent in my posts. Many ideas come to me when I am doing some other work that cannot be avoided (Apparently, J.K.Rowling was sacked from her job for “day dreaming” when, actually, she was working on Harry Potter); and when I do want to write about that idea later, I must have completely forgotten what it was or the words wouldn’t form the way I would have wanted them to be! 
            And, I do not have any writing desk, just any comfortable position at the moment does the work.
So, what are your writing stories; or of any talent/art form for that matter? Do comment and let me know.
Cheers!

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