If you have a blog on WordPress or anywhere else, chances are high that you love writing.
But, was it always like that?
Were you a born writer, or, did you consciously take up writing at some point in time?
Are there born writers at all?
I am quite fascinated by this activity called writing. Nobody forces you to write. Yet, one fine morning, you just pick up the pen and decide to write.
The best thing is that you don’t have to work hard to call yourself a writer.
You just have to write.
The funny thing is everyone writes – emails, SMS’s, exams, facebook updates, little notes etc.
But only a bunch of us get to call ourselves writers, because we are more regular in writing, a bit more organized, and maybe a tad less ruffled by criticism.
Before I start digressing, I’ll return to the main topic.
The question is –
“How did you discover writing?”.
I’m sure there’s an interesting story behind every writer(or blogger?). So in this post I shall share my story about discovering writing.
Please feel free to share your stories in the form of comments.
MY STORY :
I discovered writing via song-writing. You see, there was a time when I was an 18-year old. Not too long ago.
I wanted to be a musician, then – a singer.
And I was very inspired by the singer-songwriter breed. There was, and still is, a particular Bangla rock band, whose music I like.
Back then, I tried to emulate the band’s frontman, who wrote all the lyrics for their songs.
So, at first, I set out to write songs. Not in English, though, but in my mother tongue – Bangla.
I wrote a few songs too. Soon, I realised that my Bangla vocabulary was not strong enough. And when few common words began to appear across all the songs, I figured it was time to stop writing in Bangla.
I started writing lyrics in Hindi, a language I’m comfortable with. I wrote a few songs again.
This went on for some time. Two years later, when I joined a band as lead singer/lyricist, one of my old compositions was used for the band. People liked my writing.
That was the first sign that maybe I was good at this stuff.
But, like all good things, the band didn’t last. Music vanished from my life.
I stopped writing songs. Meanwhile, my English Professor kept telling me that I write prose quite well.
Also, I started winning prizes in English short story writing etc. in College fests.
Inside, I knew that I wrote well.
But, a piece of the zigsaw puzzle was still missing. I didn’t have a strong reason to start writing actively.
It was then, that I realised that I am an opinionated person. I’m an angry person. I have an opinion on everything. I was/am critical of most of the things around me.
It was then, that I discovered the ‘social activist’ side of me. I had too many opinions and nobody had the time to listen.
And, I believe that was what lead to birth of this blog. The choice of English as the medium was obvious, as English is my first language.
As of the discovery of writing, I always knew that I could write.
But, it is on this blog that I’m discovering my strengths and limitations.
I’m trying my hand at different kinds of writing. Maybe, one day I’ll settle down with a certain form.
Till then, I’ll keep discovering more about what kind of a writer I am. On a daily basis. So this was my story. Hope you did not doze off in the middle. Did you?
Please don’t forget to share your story in the comments. I believe the stories will trigger an enlightening, healthy discussion.