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:
- A poem about quarantining
- A short story about how you picked up a new hobby
- A self reflection about how much you’ve grown in the past few months
- A thoughtful paragraph about moving on in life
2. Maintaining an Idea/thoughts journal
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…
Play around with your answers! I need quirky replies. That was the Question of the post!
Not-so-daintily loving you,
*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*