We all write in some form or the other – emails, school essays, reports, work-books. In teens and even now some of us are habituated to diary writing. Though not all writings are worth sharing !
I have passed through various writing phases – prose and poetry. For me writing particularly began with a school essay “Autobiography of a cotton”. It was a joint venture with my dad; creating story line , forming paragraphs, improving upon english vocabulary, grammar, punctuation marks – (as an example Amazed – represented by an exclamation!). I was so engrossed in the process that by the time I completed the essay I had forgotten that I am writing it as school homework.
I continued to keep a log of daily happenings in form of a diary, and a scrap book of pictures- beautifully captioned and with quotations but they were mere musings of a 15 year old which eventually stopped.
A decade later I read the book , Anne Frank’s diary and was reminded that I used to have one too !!
Writing in a diary is a really strange experience. for someone like me not because I’ve never written anything before but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musing of a thirteen year old school girl – Anne Frank
My inspiration for writing has always been my dad. He was prolific in both languages English and Gujarati ( our native language). He has been my teacher. He emphasized enormously on proper structuring, forming a story – from start to build-up and ending it appropriately. As I write more, I have developed my own style but the core still continues to be his teachings.
After many years in 2010 diary took shape of a blog. I wrote a two page technical blog and shared with my dad. By profession I am an embedded engineer and I think my blog convinced my dad that I truly am. Thereafter, I continued writing, not publicly, but a few personal articles. Formally, I started blogging again in 2013.
It’s not always easy to get followers for your blogs, which can sometimes be disheartening. There are a lot of books, and online guidance material available to train you further into how to cater your writings for the targeted audience. I would say with imagination and creativity one can enhance their expression in writing and with the right technique can extend their reach to a larger crowd.
Writing means sharing. It’s part of human condition to want to share things-thoughts, ideas, opinions. – Paulo Coelho
Having started in 2010, my first public recognition as a blogger / writer came through e- magazine Brahmabodhi when I got invited to write an article for Brahmabodhi 2018 edition. It is not very often that one gets such opportunity. I would say to all bloggers, please keep writing and someday you will land into such incredible chance to outshine.
As much elated I am while sharing the article, its publication close to fathers day has made it even more special.
My article , a tribute to my dad, is about my learnings from a Bharatnatyam Dance “Ganpati Vandana”. Be sure to read.
I hope to keep writing and hope you’ll keep reading!!