The past fortnight, I have been asked a question by different people (who in no way are related to each other) at different locations, at different points of time. ‘Why do you write?’ The frequency of this question has led me to write this Perspective article for today. Something different than my usual ones. Why do I write? What is it for me?
If you have read my first article titled, ‘How did I end up here?‘ you’ll know that it was my father who encouraged me to write. The purpose then was to develop my writing skill. That was 3 years ago.
Initially, writing a blog was just for the sake of practicing and developing the skill. Because every exam in the world demands that you know how to combine random letters into specific combinations and convey a message in such a manner that the examiner picks up his/her pen and puts the highest number possible on the answer sheet.
Has my writing improved in all this time? Yes definitely, I can feel this change. Do I need to continue this development? Absolutely, one can never stop improving. However, my purpose for writing has changed.
Today when I write, I am expressing my thoughts and opinions. I see various things happening around me and I feel this need inside me which urges me to write about it. This blog has become a part of me. When people think of me, they also think of this website.
Writing has also made me more knowledgeable. Over the years I have written about various topics and subjects, from ‘development of drama‘ to discussing ‘unmanned aerial vehicles. I write, after doing extensive research on the topic/subject I choose and this helps build my knowledge.
My writing has allowed me to connect with people. I have had the opportunity to interact with not just people living in India, but from around the world as well. If you look at the image below, it is a graphical representation of who reads my articles from where.
People from countries like the United States of America to South Africa have read my articles. Some have become quite avid followers of my blog. Though I write for personal satisfaction, I can’t deny that whenever I see this chart I do get a sense of motivation to develop further and reach far and wide in the world.
It is a misconception that only introverts or people who can’t speak write blogs. Writing has also made me vociferous in real life than I was all those years ago when I began. Today I do not hesitate in saying what I feel because I have had my thoughts scrutinized and questioned by people from various backgrounds and thinking from across the world. I do not fear speaking out.
When I think of the people around me and how writing influenced my relationship with them; what comes to my mind is that I have encouraged my peers to write as well. To put their mind to work and churn out their internal thoughts into the external world for others to see. I have had the opportunity to witness some of my friends who took this advice, develop their writing skills and speak up for themselves as well as others!
Most people do not attempt to write. The primary reason being that they feel that they don’t know how and what to write. If you are one of them, but feel the desire to write. Remember this quote
You may not write well every day, but you can always edit a page. You can’t edit a blank page.Jodi Picoult
At first, it may seem like a challenging task. It would be hubristic if I gave suggestions for writing. Personally, I never give suggestions for writing. Everyone has their own style and that is what you need to identify. If you ask me about my style, I will tell you that writing is natural for me. Whichever topic or subject I choose, if I have adequate knowledge, the words come to me automatically. If the knowledge is absent, I read and research until I feel the words coming to me automatically.
A skill, a tool for expression, a medium for the development of personality and a relationship builder. For me, this is what writing has been and continues to be. Do not worry if you feel that your purpose is changing, it is bound to happen. After all, the only constant in this dynamic world is change itself.