Writing inspo for everyone: tips, ideas and suggested reading!

Writing is brilliant and marvelous way to express what we’re feeling, write right? But then, not everyone can write. I do not mean this in the terms of being literate or illiterate. I am speaking in terms of skill.

No one is a skillfully trained professional when they begin to write. Maybe in future the writer might become a professional, or may not. The point is whether you begin to write or not. I began as a crap writing kid too. I still write crap, but you could make some exceptions.

But sometimes, we’re not motivated or inspired enough to begin writing. Could be a writer’s block or could be procrastination. So if you feel the same way, here’s some inspiration and a piece of wisdom for everyone! Plus, you could do well with some suggested reads!

1. Think of what EXACTLY you want to write.

You need to have a starting point right? So if you want to begin writing or you’re feeling a bit bored about writing, you need to first think of what you want to write. For example, the moment I am drafting this post, it’s raining outside. It’s damp and chilly and I feel great at the moment. I could put the scenic imagery into a poem or a nice story and add some twists to it!

A few ideas:

2. Maintaining an Idea/thoughts journal
Photo by Natasha Fernandez on Pexels.com

Ideas are like butterflies. One moment they’re here, the next moment they fly away. I got the idea of drafting this post at 10 PM, right before I went to bed! I got my notebook and wrote down the things I wanted to write in this post. You could start a journal for your ideas or just simply reserve a page in your diary. We all have lightening thoughts for a second, but the next moment we forget them. So, it’s nice to write it down somewhere. I have a page in my notebook called the idea panel-whenever I get an idea, i write it down on the page. When I don’t have ideas I look back and borrow inspiration from that!

It’s a simple system, ain’t it?

3. Notice little things more

Now that’s a writer’s essence, noticing little things. I ain’t asking you to be Sherlock. Just be a person who knows what they’re doing and where they live. You sit in a place everyday, but it is possible that you might not be able to describe it to the tiniest details. For writing, you don’t need to lose people in your life to write a sad poem or fall in love to write a love story. Just take little things that happen in your life and gain inspiration.

I suggest you reading Ruskin Bond’s stories, the imagery is on point. He writes about the basic simplicities of life, and there he is, one of the most celebrated authors. Makes you think, huh?

4. Read more, to write more.

An advice that any writer would give you. Read.

If you don’t read, kiss goodbye to writing anything. Reading grows the seeds of thought is your mind. It not only grows your imagination but also improves your vocabulary. When I began reading, heck, the first page of the book overwhelmed me. All those big, un-pronounceable and fancy words are mind-boggling. I never knew what ‘sagacity’ or ‘jingoistic’ meant. Until I googled it up, of course. How’d I come across these words? In the city of Oz? No, I read it somewhere. The power of words…

I suggest you to read Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan. It was a tough first read, I understood only half the words. That is my vocabulary anyway, might be different for you. But you cannot know all of the words, can you?

That was… my lecture? I feel awkward while writing advice pieces. I’m not an intellectual. I’m just jotting down random thoughts. But again, these are surefire tips that will guarantee writing inspiration!

When I finished writing this post, I questioned myself, “Do I know how to write?”. I seriously did! So what do you think…

…Do I know how to write?

Play around with your answers! I need quirky replies. That was the Question of the post!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

*I’m willing to read your written pieces too! If you’ve got any poem, prose, a short paragraph (which you think is applicable to the blog theme), send it my way! I’d be happy to select a few (you know, if I receive anything at all) entries and display it on my blog under the tag “Writers’ essence” and aim all credits to you. You could drop a message to my mailbox or drop it here*

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Florals on a cloudy Sunday: Photo post #2

Hey!

I’m going a bit off the schedule and sharing a non-Saturday post, I was so excited to show them to you! It kind of suddenly came to me that I should do a floral photoshoot. Or something like it. We (my sister and I) originally wanted to make a flower bouquet, but then we realised that we simply didn’t know how to do it. So we ended up clicking ton of pictures and then eventually, deleting many.

So we began with flower hunting. We didn’t find many because we went in the evening and the morning crowd looted everything. This is the best we found.

And then we tried a few floral arrangements. Not that pretty, of course.

Bougainvillea sure is beautiful all the time, ain’t it?

My favorite picture, this one right here.

I don’t know why this picture is here, but fine, let’s go with it!

Now, there, that’s a puzzling sight. Flowers into a badminton racket, Divya is out of her mind! Trust me, we couldn’t find anything better. Though I’m still sure people in the park were giving us weird looks.

How were the pictures? On second thoughts, I think they’re a bit cheesy, but that’s just me. I never like anything I do.

Do you second guess things you do, too?

Let’s see what answers you’ll give me!

On a positive note, I hope everyone is doing very well out there. May you stand strong in these difficult time.

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

View the first photo post that appeared in June : A walk in the park: A photo post.

Blog diaries #2: Arbitrary concerns about appreciation, myself and happiness.

Today, on a whim, I got myself to post this finally. Another addition to the blog diaries series!

I’m a very practical person who doesn’t usually believe in, practise, read or write philosophy. I’ve had enmity with philosophical things since a really long time, for reasons unknown. But then, this blog-diary entry is an exception. I’ve jotted down a few things I’ve been going through currently, the realisations I’ve had (I always realise things everyday. Whether good or bad, that’s the question) and how I think I’m become very self-absorbed. Most importantly, I’ve emphasized upon how I fail to observe and appreciate little things.

I’ve put in some sweat in this, so you better like it!

Or else you meet death.

*If you’re reading this from the WordPress-reader, you might want to view this on the original site, as this contains graphics that are best-viewed on the blog itself! read it here. *

So…How was it? It’s not that cohesive, but I hope you got the whole point of it!

Why I started the series:

The main motive of making these blog diary entries is not only to write but to make something visually appealing. This becomes like a periodic graphic design project.

Another reason is that, maintaining a journal in real life is a lot of work. I’m like the laziest person ever, so you know, it gets difficult and a bit of frenzy when it comes to maintaining a journal of sorts. Nevertheless, I’ve made one last attempt at maintaining a journal(in real life) and update it regularly. Let’s see how it goes.

So I made a journal, which is electronic and public (Not the point of the journal, exactly). But heck, at least I get to do self reflections once in a while.

I hope I get to do another entry soon, but not very soon. These things TAKE TIME.

Anyways, I really wish you like it. If you do, why not just leave a comment? Thinking of comments, The-Question-of-the-Post:

Do you maintain a Journal or a Diary? You got some tips?

Share your thoughts with other readers here. I’d drop by to read your views too!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

View the first Blog-Diary entry, here: Blog Diaries: A birthday post, June the Tenth, 2021.

My readers asked questions and here are the answers!

Correction. I begged them to ask me questions.

Ah, I love answering questions. It makes me feel smarter in a way. I kind of begged my readers i.e. you, to ask me questions and I’m going to answer them. These are the questions I’ve received via mail, comments, forms and even texts! Hopefully we’ll get to know each other better and share some laughs!

*I wouldn’t be pin pointing names, you already know what your questions are!*

On second thoughts, this collage I made is very geometrical. Is it nice?

Questions about me!

Which book character embodies your personality?

Ummm…hard one. I think a mix between Sarah from Sarah’s scribbles and Hermione Granger from Harry Potter series. Sarah is basically me- Lazy, bookish, relatable, awkward; and Hermione is a geek for everything. That just translates as: Divi.

sarahseeandersen | Book memes, Sarah's scribbles, Book nerd
An instance where Sarah is relatable.

Would you rather eat pizza or ice cream as the only food for eternity?

My tongue would soon die because of ice cream; sweet foods are tricky. Pizza, always.

Which show could you watch for your entire life?

Wouldn’t that become boring after a while? But then, if I have to pick between what I’ve seen, somewhat a mix between ‘The falcon and the winter soldier’ and ‘Loki’ (The marvel fangirl side of me wakes up-). I know, I know. But I cannot PICK!

I’d be happy to watch Young Sheldon too.

Do you have any hidden/secret talents or hobbies you’ve never told anyone about?

I shoot out webs from my arms.

Haha, interesting. But nope, I’m not the girl who keeps secrets. I do keep others’ secrets silenced, but I don’t actually have some secret talents. I’d love to have some though!

Who is your role model?

No one, actually. Setting up standards on someone else’s success story is not very ‘you’ centric. At least in my opinion. I’d like to set an example for myself, I’d try to be a better version of myself.

Which song is currently running in your mind?

It’s kind of odd. The time I am writing this answer, I’m busy humming Safety Net by Ariana Grande and TY Dolla Sign.

I mean it’s kind of obvious, I’m always humming Ariana Grande music.

School Questions!

what’s your favorite subject in school?

Math at the moment. These favorites keep on changing once in a while. But currently, I’m enjoying math!!


What’s your least fav subject?

Currently, it’s geography. I DO NOT like it. It’s sometimes hard to visualise or memorise where the northern plains are or where the western ghats are (I don’t remember it at the moment, despite having an exam the previous week-).

Just kidding.

BUT YOU GET MY POINT.

what grade are you ?

I’m in 9th grade right now, and it’s a roller coaster.

What is your favorite and least favorite part of school right now?

Least favorite part is obviously getting stuck at home and schooling. There is no favorite part about online school at the moment :c

Book questions!

 Has any book ever made you cry? If yes, then which is that book?

The fault in our stars! Oh boy, I was sobbing so silently over fictional characters. It has got a sad ending which got me in tears. My friend had got that book for Christmas once and when she read it, she was geeking out all about it. I wouldn’t blame her. So recently, I gave the book some time. I must say, I’m profoundly impressed. 

It’s pretty hard for someone to make us laugh or cry. And definitely, this book was heartbreaking.

Which is your all time favourite book?

“One cannot simply have a favorite book.”

ME.

Ah, my favorite book keeps on changing. Right now, it’s A Study in Scarlet, because I’m very much into Sherlock right now. But if you ask an all time favorite, it is “Mahashweta” by Sudha Murty. That book has deeply touched me. I really wish that I could read it without knowing the plot again. I recommend you to read it!

Which is that book which made you laugh horribly?

I don’t read a lot of humor books, but there is a character called Leo Valdez (where are my fellow demigods?) and then there is the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. They are… quite something. I haven’t laughed horribly, but there are some instances that are just so funny. There are some sad things that happen too, though :c

What is your favourite place to read a book?

I could happily live in a small cottage that always smells like cake, somewhere in a forest, and read tons of books there. In real life, something like, on a couch or a bed, left undisturbed.

Has any book ever changed your life? If yes, which is that book and how did it change your life?

Nope, never been there. I’m not all jumpy about self help books.

That is it, lovely people! Thank you so much for sending these questions on my way. Hopefully you know me better.

Anyways, I was featured on Brainstorms blog by Nabeeha Jameel, so in case you didn’t check it from yesterday’s re-blog, you should give it a look…

I bid adieu, till we meet again.

Not so daintily loving you,

Divi.

P.S : It also seems like I had a Six month Bloggiversary this July 4!! I didn’t even check! I hit publish on the very first post of this blog. I mean, my first post is so lame! I wish I had written it *well*. Anyways, its been LONG, though I began posting like only 2 months back. The blog also hit 1000 views at the beginning of the month, currently we’re at 1389 , I think. It also got 200 likes, and now its at 220 or something. And damn, 50 followers! Not to brag, but thank youuuuuuuuuuu! <3

*That was too long for a PS.*

It’s my turn to ask you a question- What’s the most random thing you can think of when you see this question? Whatever you’re thinking, type it down in the comments and send it!

Re-Blogged- GUEST POST: MY PERFECT DAY! — BrainStorms

I’ve been featured on Nabeeha Jameel’s Brainstorms Blog! She is so gracious to let me write on her blog! Also, this is my very first collaboration, so I’m glad that it was with her.

You could read the post here:

GUEST POST: MY PERFECT DAY! — BrainStorms

Take a look at Nabeeha’s very wonderful blog too!

~Divi.

My exams got over + Random chit-chat?

I’m not always up to the mood of chit chat but I guess I’m feeling good, since my exams got over?

Disclaimer- Read at your own risk, I may not make sense in this post. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya. That’s a Taylor Swift reference.

Hey-llo! I hope everyone is doing perfectly fine.

Reminds me of Taylor Swift.

I’ve been so pumped up lately, due to nervousness and excitement. But also a bit of grief, because I couldn’t post on the blog.

*Silent sobs*

I was “busy” in the examination preparation (I never noticed, but these two words rhyme?) so, you know, I wasn’t free. But I must say, my examinations were marvelous. We gotta work hard to get something right? It’s not always “I want it, I got it” mood. {Why am I making pop references over and over again?}

“I’M GETTING AN A GRADE IN ALL THE SUBJECTS!!!”

Since today is a hello-to-the-readers-after-not-posting-for-a-week post, I’ll just say some random things and say things that make no sense, but bear with me, I’m very jittery because of the hyper-excitement due to the end of exams. I’ll list down a few things I want to do this month and basically just end the post.

I couldn’t get graphics done, so a random photo collage for you :)

To-do:

-Attend school, obviously.

-Listen to a lot of music

-Post a few more times

-Do a random-things photoshoot.

-Re-watch Harry Potter (Lol XD)

-Read at least 3 books!

-Take a walk alone.

-Not bake a cake again.

The last point’s gotten a tinge of irritation to it. I’m irritated by cake.

please forgive my doodling skills! (if that’s what you call a doodle XD)

I’ve eaten so much of cake, I’m going to put on some flab. Last month was all messy and cake-y , my goal this month is not to bake a cake again. (Bake and cake. Why are all things rhyming today-) I’m this person who bakes a cake when I’m bored. I don’t even change flavors, it’s either vanilla…or vanilla.

Mini-Reviews:

I want to quickly review a few things, so,ahem-

1. Loki:

The best series I ever saw. God has blessed my eyes with this. Got a great amount of action but there is a lot of character development, which I appreciate. There is still one episode, the finale, left out. It’ll be out this wednesday!

I didn’t put the original poster because it was dramatic-
2. SOUR album:

I never got a chance to review this album, and I’m late! But this album has all emotions ransacked and jammed into it. It’s a very heartfelt album, you should try listening to it. Or maybe not. Your wish.

Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle:
I already used this picture, lol!

Awesome! I loved the plot twists and the setting of the story. It makes for a great stand alone Sherlock Chronicle.

Music I’ve been listening to-

Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran:

Do not try to change my mind. This song is fabulous. I haven’t heard a “GREAT” Ed Sheeran song in a while, this was a wonderful comeback.

Astronomy by Conan Gray:

Conan Gray is basically a perfectionist. This song is very mystical in its very own way. It’s kind of surreal but gives such wonderful vibes when we listen to it.

Solar Power by Lorde:

I never heard Lorde before, and she has a nice…voice. The song has this Moana-ish feel, with those beaches and people dancing. It’s a nice summery song.

pov by Ariana Grande:

I’m fangirling too much about Ariana Grande but let us face it, she’s worth it. This song is marvelous and so nice! *Proud Arianator grin*

Renegade by Big Red machine and Taylor Swift:

You’re probably wondering why this song wasn’t mentioned yet. Here it is. It’s really nice, listening to more Taylor Swift music. It always is nice.

Next week, I’ll be publishing the Q and A post, So I’ll be accepting questions about almost anything till the coming Friday! You could drop a message here or in the comments!

Anyways, I have a small little poll for you.

Not-so-daintily-loving you,

Divi.

Book Review (Something like it)- A study in scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle.

You know what? Book reviews are not my thing. I’ve never ever written a book review, not even for school projects. But now, I realized I was running out of ideas on what I could write my next blog post about. So I was like, “Okay, let’s do a book review.”

But this is what bloggers do. When we’re out of ideas, we try borrow someone else’s idea. At least ME.

I’m this type of girl who reads book reviews just for the sake of reading the review. Very rarely do I get motivated to actually read ’em. I’ve had such instances from many book bloggers, though. So today, I’ll try to write a convincing book review.

How the heck did I get hooked onto this book?

You remember my birthday gift? The Sherlock Holmes collection? I just picked out this book and started reading.

Quit bragging, Divi.

Okay, okay.

How I feel about this book-

Let’s jump to the story. First of all, this book is very iconic. The previous week I had read The Hound of the Baskervilles and to be honest, it did not strike me that deeply. However A study in Scarlet (referred to as ASiS henceforth, as I’m tired of typing the whole name), is very, very gripping. I sat to read this book for a week and I got half of it done. I sat another 2 hours and got the other half done. So that explains a lot about the climaxing of the book.

This is the very first time Sherlock Holmes is introduced to his long time companion Dr. John .H. Watson. It’s pretty vague and uncomfortable because Sherlock ‘deduces’ anything and everything about that particular person instantly. It’s pretty overwhelming in the start but soon, us readers catch up to Sherlock’s wits.

Storyline/Plot-

The story has two parts, the first one being the part where Sherlock and Watson get the case and the former identifies the Culprit/accused/murderer(is that a SPOILER?). The second part is the back story or what you’d call in a movie, a ‘flashback’. This doesn’t have any significant plot twists, unlike The Hound of the Baskervilles, but the story just does well on its own.

Characters (only the obvious ones)-

I won’t spoil anything but the significant Characters are:

1. Sherlock– Obviously. He is a detective residing in 221B Baker street, obvious again. He basically calls himself a ‘consultant’ detective. He does have a huge head and is VERY egoistic. But he wears it all very modestly. Also, he is a sarcasm enthusiast.

2. Dr. Watson– Perhaps my favorite character in the book. Dr. Watson is an army doctor who came back from Afghanistan and has to share the residence with Sherlock. In fact, the story is narrated from his point of view, so the way the way he chronicled the events are very impressive, considering he’s a doctor. He is very humble, skillful and witty. I feel this poor man is over shadowed by Sherlock and should be a little more considered.

3. Tobias Gregson– He’s a detective. Not as great as Sherlock though. Just a considerable detective.

4. Lestrade– Another detective. Now this guy, I pretty like him. Because he is a bit humble than Gregson’s pride. He is the person who puts forth the case to sherlock, when these detectives couldn’t crack the case. He’s smart too. He knows which points are necessary and which are crap. I’m also not sure about what this guy’s first name is.

Those are the characters I can describe, without giving out spoilers.

My opinions that nobody asked for-

  • The language is pretty old. it was written in the 19th century, for god’s sake, Divi!
  • The chemistry between all characters was very well set up.
  • It makes us want to read more to find out what happens. Or to be precise, why it happens.
  • Dr. Watson is underrated.
  • Sherlock’s humor is very sarcastic.
  • Dr. Watson is underrated. Just mentioning it again so that you wouldn’t forget it.
  • And, I think this story is fittingly narrated by Dr. Watson, because if it were narrated by Sherlock, we would be lost in his complex mind. And he wouldn’t even waste time in chronicling his adventures :)

So if you’d ask me what I’d rate it—–

Rating: 4 out of 5.

4 stars! I would have loved to read some plot twists but I think it was great! But the writing part, marvelous.

*Questions welcome! I'm kinda planning to do a Q and A post soon (or maybe later, who knows), so if y'all have any questions, literally any thing, about me, blogging, school life- drop a message, here! Looking forward to answering and writing!*

Anyways, Question for you! Have you read any Sherlock Book or have you seen the TV series or the movies? Let’s chat in the comments!