Why I Chose To Become A Writer ?

Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”
 — Enid Bagnold

One of the reasons could be that I don’t know what else to do. Or maybe I am not good at anything else. Well for that matter, I am not good at writing either ; although I am totally at peace with my choice of becoming one.

 

Writing can be tough.

Especially when you decide on making your career as a writer. I craft a piece of content devoting all my time and attention to it, but it never seems good enough. And when it does , I get skeptical of whether it will get any action once it gets published. But now I have come to terms with the internet to some extent. Even if only one person reads what I write and brings it to my knowledge, it adds to my motivation.

Writing isn’t fun always.

I stopped contributing as a professional writer for almost an year now. I am only interested in writing about life, places, culture and constructing fiction out of realities ; sometimes an amalgam of all. I don’t think there are many job opportunities that offer that kind of freedom of writing, even if I was interested in looking. There are plenty of jobs around for copy writing, technical writing , content development , or anything related to selling all kind of brands online but none of that appeals in the slightest.

Writing doesn’t guarantee easy money or exciting job offers, it’s tough, it’s boring and it is many other things which contributes together in making you a social misfit. Considering all the not-so-good things about becoming a writer, I am on my journey to become one because my reasons to do so are much greater in number than my excuses to not do so.

1. To Meet The Purpose Of Life

The purpose of life is to serve the society by practicing an idea or a profession which brings out the best in you and contributes in making this world a better place. There is no greatness in living solely for your good, mistaking it for the widespread idea of ‘loving oneself first’ ( we really need to learn the difference between both). Feel no pride in upgrading your bank balance if you are the only one benefiting from it. To add to the society, to leave a legacy behind and to light up your own small world you need to be useful to others as well. And hence I chose to write to strive towards delivering my share of contribution to the world. For you it can be painting, traveling,music, teaching, creating a product, helping elderly or anything you feel like doing.

2. Writing Will Get Me The Hearing

I don’t write to be called a writer. I write because something is driving me towards the edge. Every human feels the need to be heard and I am no alien. I believe that there are certain thoughts, emotions and perspectives which are better expressed by words than being verbal about it. I write because there are some facts to which I want to draw the attention, and writing will get me the hearing.

3. Writing Has Taught Me To Be Patient

Writing has never been work to me, and even when it comes out badly ( which happens most of the time) , I look at it and don’t mind too much. I give myself the chance to improve. I stay with it, writing away and it seems to keep mending together ; the mistakes until it reads and feels better. No matter how many drafts I come up with, their is always a scope to make a slight change here, a little there, to shorten a sentence or to elongate a sentence, to bring more color or to present it like an obvious.

Rejection helps because it makes me right better ; acceptance helps because it keeps me writing.

4. Writing taught me how not to be ignorant of what lies right after my eyes

Only when I started writing and began to look at things with the perspective of a storyteller, i realized how ignorant i was earlier of the relentless beauty of the little things which shape my surroundings.

5. Empathy Over Sympathy

This is one of the prominent lessons I learned during my Creative Writing Course. “ Empathy is what it takes to be a great storyteller .” — if a writer cannot bring himself to walk in the shoes of a character, he might as well succeed in creating a lifeless read. I don’t know if I have been able to implement this rule well in my writing ; but I have certainly learnt to become less judgmental and more empathetic.

I have known people who can write at any moment. Give them a topic and they will lick their soul out with their pens making you feel sentranced. I don’t have the efficiency to write like that. But I don’t lament so much about how my career is going to turn out. I don’t have a career. I have a life. I will do the work. I will keep the faith. And i will write.

And you will read 🙂

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  1. its tough because you get into writing because you love it but then if you make it your career you lose a lot of the freedom that made you love it

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