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Being Writer

Being A Writer.

“Being writer who moves people with her writing is my aspiration. I am still practicing, not good enough.” I said with sparkling eyes. “Dude, seriously?” At an office party I found myself sitting beside a pedigree kid who has been talking about how his father’s huge clothing business and how getting into banking is so not his thing. Honestly, why do people do a job if they don’t need it and are going to whine about it all the time to those who want to do it?

I found myself marveling at the fact that human ignorance and self-righteousness actually knows no boundaries when I told a that I want to be a full-time writer someday. The prompt response I received was, “Dude! Seriously? Isn’t that borish? Sit and make things up? A total waste of your talents you know.” Not wanting to offend the man I racked my brains for a subtle answer. How could he know what talents I have in 3 months? “On top of that It’s too easy to write. Can you tackle a financial formula and give a loan? Don’t think so. I can write a novel if I want to but I don’t. Like I said, it’s borish.” 

At that I found myself fuming, how dare he insult my passion. Unknowingly he was adding fuel to the fire.

Yes. Writing is so easy that it takes world-famous authors a year to produce a good novel. The chartbusters on NY Times and TOI don’t happen in a night. It takes practice and perseverance to be capable enough to keep going when you feel like you can’t take it anymore. Financial formula? Do you know how many non-financial people have written books on financial wisdom and you used them to polish your graduation assignments? Next time you feel like insulting someone’s passion, look at your “borish” self for not even trying. All those lines jogged around my mind and that is why it is difficult to be a writer and be in a crowd that doesn’t get you.

“Hmm.. Being a writer sure is easy. I think you should write that book of yours, if you ever finish it, give me a call.” With that I left the table as his jaw dropped.

After this I am afraid I am not going to be his crush anymore. Unfortunately for him, I couldn’t be happier! Although I would recommend not getting into such fights with your colleagues, it can be pretty harmful in the workplace. Stupid enough people like this can be found anywhere and everywhere. Writing is boring, reading is super boring. They ask why don’t you start gym instead? Yeah, books are gym for minds! You idiot!


Whats it like, being writer?

Only word I came up with is, “Mind Boggling.” You sit in front of a blank sheet and try to put together words that make something. A story, poem, prose, novel, book, magazine, newspaper article, heck even a haiku is difficult to write. It contains a part of someone’s imagination or their experience and sometimes both. Some people will never understand the struggle that creative people face. 

On days your words flow like rivers running towards the oceans and on some grim days you just stare the blank sheet and feel like crying (I know I have!). I read my old posts and ask myself was it I who wrote this? Then how am I unable to write anything at the moment? Sadly, creativity is a mix of little streams that create a river and sometimes the rain is just less. Reading is important to writers. It is fodder for a writer’s mind like rain is for the rivers. Reading enhances one’s vocabulary and grammatical understanding of the languages and gives wings to ones imagination. 

There will be days when I will have no intuition to write what I want to write and in such times I will have to work harder. Times when I can’t find words for the scenes that is happening in my mind, I will have to work even harder. Sometimes even after trying so hard, I might fail at giving birth to even the worst of drafts and I will have to accept that. 

Writing has been my wings since I was young and there is nothing like it for me. Adventures run in my blood but they run so I can write about them.  My words and stories belong to the worlds of my imagination and no one has to like them except me. No one thinks of themselves as a good writer, everyone has doubts and those days when they can’t write. Its okay not to worry yourself too much, instead, just write


Write.

On the darkest days.  On the Sunny days.

When there’s no inspiration. When you don’t want to.

Because you need to. I keep telling myself this.


Yes, there are times when I can’t find any time to write. Not my journals nor on the blog. It frustrates me and I feel bouts of unhappiness. But then I write and I am all right again. Its happiness to know that I have stories inside me and I am not afraid of giving them voice. I want to do more, I want to give voice to stories others tell me, I want to be voice for those who feel they don’t have the freedom to speak up. I made the decision to run a blog along with my full-time job because it gives me happiness to write. Maybe I’ll stop when I stop having fun writing.

Like Amelia Earhart said, “Why fly? FOR THE FUN OF IT!” 

In my wildest dreams I see myself walking the streets on a rainy day as I pass by a cafe, glance at the people sitting inside and feel jumps of happiness as I see someone reading my work. Being writer is a confusing trade, being write is tough, being write is amazing, being writer is FUN! FUN keeps us driven. Keep writing you old gibberish self. 

Its one thing to know your dreams. It’s another to follow them and make them reality. 

~ Hemangini

So many dreams die inside us when we are alive but that shouldn’t have to happen. My article about dreams talks about this in details. Even when its difficult, it is possible. Fight for what you believe in. Be ridiculed in the process but never be defeated. Be ______ (fill this blank with anything you want to be and go for it.)

Don’t hesitate in your search for the you. It’s never too late or early.

See you.

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32 Comments

  1. Beautifully written… I guess that being a writer is following an idea until it flows and becomes …words!!!!… and that would probably apply to ll genres…
    I like the way you have highlighted the most important points (and struggles) of being a writer!… sending best wishes. Aquileana 😀

    • Thanks for this wonderful comment ma’m. Loved your site. I love Greek myths and your site has it in abundance. Look forward to reading more. 🙂

  2. Rather unusual response to wanting to be a writer, most people seem very interested in talking to someone who has written a book; at least that is my perception.

    • Well that’s how many people in India still feel about writing and many writers can not survive on writing alone, so it’s difficult to make people understand why writing is important.

  3. Well when I go blank I pick a book and read if not watch a movie..these things sets me back on track. I can relate it with some people, they didn’t even know that I write 🙂 Super likes.. Keep going.

    Josh

  4. You express so well the work that writing is, as well as the wonderfulness of it. Thank you!

  5. Love love love love love love love love this! Poor man. But a lot belittles writing. As if its the most mindless passion/job ever. Sigh.
    Love your wise words dear. 🙂 And yes. yes! Write on!!!!

    P.S. I want to be a published poet. 🙂 I just finished my first draft of 100 poems and I misght release it before the year ends. 😉 <3

    • WOW!! Super awesome… When you publish do put it on your blog 🙂

      P.S. Will it be a hard copy/paperback? hehe I am old styled reader….

  6. Amen to that! Every day is a new day. Don’t waste it on something or someone who hinders you from reaching your fullest potential. You are a great writer. More power to u ☺

    • 🙂 thanks dear. Reading such encouraging comments in the morning is so helpful to write more. 😀

      Have a wonderful Sunday.

  7. Everyone is going to have something to say about your life. Everyone is going to have an opinion on every single choice you make. Fight past that and you do you! One of my favorite writers of all time is Edgar Allen Poe and if you read up on his life, he struggled. But he did what he enjoyed doing regardless of what the world had to say about him. Just like so many other writers now days. I’m learning from my experience on this site that not everything we write is going to be loved. But we don’t stop writing. We write for ourselves and for the people who are so kind to take the time to read it.

    • 100 % agree! loved your comment. Poe was one of the most amazing writer, too bad he wasn’t valued in his time but now he is a rock star. Sometimes just sticking to your dreams and doing what you want is the answer.. love your writing, keep it up 🙂
      Have a great day 🙂

  8. Loved your post. And I totally get you. Words sure do come so easily on some days, and on others it’s completely dried up. At other times, there are so many ideas in my mind to start working on.

    • Yes, when you are busy doing things ideas come to you like rain on a sunny day and when you are sitting and writing ideas don’t seem to be working anymore and you have to think and think just how could that be! haha its frustrating yet funny. God bless the easy writing days! lol

      Have fun writing Nats 🙂

  9. People don’t know the value of things which they find foolish/boring. Many have made millions just by writing, it just needs a little patience and continuous work on the skills we have.
    Good luck with your journey!

  10. Stopped by to thank you for the follow. I agree with you that writing isn’t easy. It’s just something we have to do. I often write just for me even when I don’t have time for a post. Winter is easier for writing time. Summers, too many outside things to do. But I always journal no matter what. Notebooks are everywhere to jot ideas and thoughts down for later. Even in my bed. 🙂 I’ll check out more of your posts soon.

    • Wow… your comment is beautiful. For one thing, I loved that you keep notes, every writer must! Winters, summers, rains its all the same to me, we can work outside any day. We don’t have snow here, I miss that though. I love snow. Wanna live somewhere where it snows. hehe

      Will look on the path for your arrival… hehe Kidding. Loved your blog, keep writing 🙂

  11. Write from the heart and try and change the world … why else bother with the struggle? You write honestly and insightfully – great start!

  12. I felt anger towards your colleague. How can you judge someone and their passion if you know nothing about them? How can the world be so black and white to some people?
    You just keep writing, Hemangini. And whoever follows in the footsteps of this crazy person, whoever comes next and tells you your dreams suck, find a renewed motivation in that to keep doing what you do.

    Plus, if all else fails, at least you can smack ’em on the head with your book 😉 That should do the trick.

    • awww.. thanks so much for this sweet comment Sammy. Love it. True that some people don’t even wait to think a second before giving their opinion on how others are ridiculous just because they are marching to their own beats..

      haha smack them on the head with my book! *dream come true* 😉 Someday, maybe we ll get the pleasure to do that. hehe

      Good night Sammy. Loved your comment. thanks dear.

  13. Awesome piece. People often, have no idea what a writer goes through. The thought process, the editing which is unending, the talent for observation, conveying the right message, writing relatable or interesting characters etc.. Honestly, there are so many things, even writers themselves, are always building on and don’t see until they are at a certain point. It’s fun that way, always something new and changing, even if we are always typing, reading, and editing.

    • putting words together, editing, scratching the whole thing off and starting again.. Love your comment! Writers are always building! themselves and their words. haha

  14. excellent post..Frank, truthful…happy workouts in the gym of minds..cheers

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