Every once in a while I like to check on my earlier posts. I remember one thing mamma told me, that I remember every time I write a post: “Try to make every post better than the earlier one.” Just a couple of weeks back I was referring to my first 2 – 3 posts, and I was stunned to see my writing in those posts! And then I came back to the newer ones , and the difference between them was like sky and earth. In every post you try to make it better than the earlier, just keep improving. And that’s how…
I’ve reached a hundred posts! Woohoo! Finally. I was actually going through my posts and I was like, hmmm… Yeah, they’re many posts. But how can they reach a hundred?! Time passes… I can imagine myself doing 1000 posts one day! Haha.
Being a writer and writing has completely changed my life. It has totally changed the way I look at things. The way I look at writing in books. Rather then looking at them as mere stories, I’m now also seeing them in a writing perspective. “Whoa! That line is so amazing! Lemme note it down.” The way I’m looking at words, books, writing – I look at a piece of writing and throw my perspective on it. “Yeah, that’s a good line. But it’s confusing. They should have changed that there.” I now have a big cloud named “writing” in my brain.
It’s changed the way I type to my friends, the way I talk to my friends, the way I chat with my friends. Wherever I go, I just type words in my head. I type super ordinary things in my mind, too! Like, for a normal day at the park, I try to throw in miracuouls words in my brain and build a sentence.
My mouth is always mumbling, I’m always talking words. Words are a part of me now.
On any mundane day, me in my room, staring at the window, with rain drops dripping on the top of the window glass then sliding down, tumbling and disappearing. I build a sentence for that. I build a sentence when I see lush, green grass. In everything.
Being a writer you’re not only writing for others. You’re writing for the joy, and fun for yourself. So I tell myself – “don’t worry if a post doesn’t get any comments or views. I still like it. It had good writing, and I enjoyed writing it”.
My whole, beautiful writing journey has been one of the best learnings I’ve ever had. Some parts have been like onion—spicy, pungent; some like cheese–salty, yet sweet and tasty; some like tomatoes! (My favorite vegetable/fruit). Words are sweet, with a little zing, juiciness and texture at the end. I still remember my reactions whenever I got a new subscriber, or a ‘like’, a comment! The joy when someone shares his/her thoughts on your posts. The satisfaction when you worked hard on a post and it turned out to be a hit! The memories I feel when I reflect on my old posts and my own writing as a little child.
Writing is like a ship. Sometimes it goes on a high tide. Sometimes low. Sometimes it’s really smooth sailing with sunny skies ahead, fluffy clouds and rainbows. Sometimes it hits a rock and you’re stuck. But mostly, the experience of writing is certainly like fluffy clouds, sunny skies, and rainbows. 🙂 No matter what, gather up confidence, and move on! Never lose your touch with writing. The single-most important advice that the best of the best writers give is that no matter what, keep writing. Every single day. You can’t miss a day without tumbling out those 1000, 2000, 3000 words. Writing can be in various modes – articles, personal diary, letters, blog posts.
Wow, did I just say that when I haven’t written in 2 – 3 months? I love that piece of advice, and I used to follow that, but in the past 2 months we’ve shifted our house, our close family from Delhi shifted here so we helped them out so I hadn’t gotten any time to write. I really wish to start following that momentum again. I have to write! Because the jammed words get caught in my brain, and those monkeys beating their chests and screaming at me to release them. I also like to talk and let out those jammed words out out, but writing takes out them all. Mamma is going through a situation worse then me. Her monkeys are bigger and noisier! I can feel her plight, we’re on the same board.
I want to continue this journey with a stronger commitment. I want that sailing ship to go on and zoom through the sea faster than ever with sunny skies. I don’t want to be stuck with a rock.
To finish it off, here are 6 posts that I liked the most from my blog, which I thought had good writing, and also which I worked hard on!
And next, will be 7 most popular posts from my blog, which you amazing readers loved.
I still imagine that this is actually, my hundredth post! I’ve reached far, and I never want to let this blog, writing, and interest die. Thank you so much, all of you readers for your encouragement, comments, everything. Keep reading.
And, I really wanted to add in some beautiful inspiring writing quotes. They really boost you. Get inspired! 😉
1. You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence. – Octavia Butler
2. On terrible first drafts – Almost all writing begins with terrible first drafts. You need to start somewhere. – Anne Lamott
3. The secret of becoming a writer is to write, write, and keep on writing. – Ken MacLeod
4. If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all. – Anne Tyler
As part of this celebration, i’ll be doing a giveaway in the next blog post! Yes, the 100th post will continue for a while, before I step onto 101 😉