In this new post, I want to share how I started writing? What it represents to me? How it changed my other aspects of life?
‘No matter who you are, it’s not always who you’ll become’
I was not a reader as a kid, nor was I at my early adult life, other than what my school throws at me, I picked nothing to read. I didn’t know the luxury of reading, not so many did where I’m from. Fun meant having your clothes dirty at the end of the day. I even quit my piano lessons to have more time playing soccer, basketball, or anything that has running in it. Just when I became isolated from that world, I saw a book by chance, the cover read ‘Don’t read it alone at home’. I started reading ever since, a lot, not realizing that I am conditioning the fragment of the art’s soul lying within.I was subconsciously learning what it takes to be at THAT league, the league where great writers exist in.
I started to write when I shared my ideas to a group of students I met, they wanted to make a movie about paranormal events happening at the hostel. When I saw how my ideas made them excited to do their movie, I realized that I had the potential. Collecting thoughts was the second thing to follow. I shared one with my dear friend, he called me later, asking about the movie I was talking about, thinking that my idea for my book was a movie. My thanks to him, he encouraged me to sit down and write.
Sitting down was easy, writing was the first bump I encountered. That’s when I became aware of how much my reading had helped. The moment I started to press the keyboards, the words flew smoothly out of my head, and through my fingers.
‘Art is a single soul divided to all’
I realize that we are all jigsaw pieces of the greatest picture ever created, we differ from each other in the way we represent our persona, our other selves lying dormant within. Everyone have their own purpose. Learning, working, finding love or getting married… they are necessities, like breathing, and they define our race, nothing more. But a purpose, is something else, its using the very bit of the divine soul that created us all. We get an euphoric feeling when we create, so if there’s a way to feel that you are doing the right thing, it would be through that, and that’s what writing to me.
‘When you do something that requires growing as you go along, everything in you grows with it’
The more I write and read, the faster, better, and clearer my brain becomes. You can learn a lot from using your imagination, in creating something, or in imagining characters and events too. You become creative in your other aspects of life, and of course, doing well in something will give more space for our self esteem to fill.
Hi! It’s quite a relief knowing that you started your writing later on in your life. I always think that people with real talents grow up practicing their skills at an early age and growing up with it unlike myself who never learnt the piano or was drawing masterpieces as a child. I guess it’s nice knowing that no matter when we start we can always achieve new things.
Paulo Coehlo started writing at his 40’s, his book ‘The Alchemist’ is the fifth most selling book now and more than 230 weeks in the NY times best selling list. Writing is all about experience, good presentation and the hard work of the writer him/her self. So its not when you start that counts, its how well you take off.
Do you read an exquisite passage and think, “damn, I wish I could write like that?” I do!
Thank you very much. I am very flattered.
Words come when you least expect it. You could be in the act of doing a simple task and all of a sudden you are hit with a tumbling together of words. I’m finding that the more I write, the more open my mind is to “letting things just come.” As for age – well, I’ve just returned to writing and I will be 60 in about six months. You can only ignore your inner artist for so long, then it pounds at the door to be let out.
I totally agree, a brain is like a muscle, you train it by writing, thinking and reading. I’m also glad you returned back to writing after you had lived your experiences, it will have a better effect on your writing. I hope you will keep giving shape to your inner artist.
Keep penning…especially when it’s raw inside. Cheers.
Great post. The books that really got me into reading as a kid were Narnia, Pet Semetary and the choose your own adventure books. I read Pet Semetary in one night. I’ve been writing ever since. I like your blog and will be following it from now on. Thanks for the read!