I am unable to recall the moment of blinding flash when I wished to nurture my writing skills. I can only point to the approach I took over as a learner which guided me, & these signals of universe took different routes to reach me.
Writing has never been easy for me as my upbringing miss the required environment. Lately when I started blogging I experimented with different styles which brought me exceptionally good results and was quite encouraging. Now the main idea remains to grab the reader with a provocative thought and continue to hold him in a tight grip by adding value and information to get more and more readers stick around, and to do so – writing pace can’t be ignored.
Cold and least innovative
Writing is a skill and like any other skill, once you know the ground rules and make the time to practice, you can get better. If you really devote yourself to writing, you could even reach a place of mastery. The most motivating words which ignited a spark for me came from Mark Twain
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
At work I am associated with a software project which is at electrical load dispatch centre, though the work is quite interesting, varied & challenging but has nothing to nourish a writer with in me. In order to keep my writing up and running I keep on getting inspired by routine activities which I observe daily in my own life and try to make inspiring connections. After so many years of writing practice, when I sit down to write, the hardest step remains how to keep the writing pace. Today I am sharing lessons which I learned from my zombie land.
Writing Lessons Inspired from work
Prepare for the day ahead
I closely work with the electrical systems and one thing which I have learned here at control room shifts is to always run before the actual schedule with the help of accurate forecasting and contingency analysis. This is a beautiful exercise to manage supply and demand and should be adopted for your writing. Device a plan for yourself and then allow this plan to work by simply sticking to it, you may do some alterations if required. This plan must become your habit and it’ll do the rest.
As humans we have a strong tendency to want to be consistent with what we have done before. That’s one big reason why a bad start often leads to a bad day and a good start often leads to a good day. To start up with a great day ahead you have get enough sleep in a dark room. Keeping it really dark in your bedroom is something that makes it easier to sleep well. And no late night caffeine, or television watching. If you have it you’ll find it harder to go to sleep and no work late at night. If you do have any ideas popping in your head then your mind will be spinning with thoughts and ideas for quite long time or more and you’ll keep on rolling around wide awake in bed. Instead make sure to relax and just take it easy a few hours before sleep.
Ability to retain ideas
Unlike water or gas, electrical power is an entity which can’t be stored, it needs to be consumed by some appliance instantaneously. It must be generated as it is required, and supply must be kept in balance with demand. To handle this state the power generated at any given instant is fed to the common national grid and the same quanta are pulled back when required.
Our brain working is no exception, a spark happens and a wonderful writing idea flows into your head and you safely keep it in your head to use it later but you are not able to use it actually. Writing ideas or plots are analogous to electric power, they are quite volatile and dilutes fast. Your small writing pad serves the substratum where you can glue them for further elaboration later when you sit down for some serious writing exercise.
Action & Decision
At power control room you have to be very action oriented and quick decision making. If you are not one, you are out of the system. If you don’t create a habit where you take a lot of action you won’t get a lot of results in real life.
Sure, reading can educate and inspire you. But to reap the rewards you have to take action over and over again. Not sit at home on your hands and think that someone else will do it for you. Or think that just reading will solve your problems in some magic kind of way. Without an action habit little in life works, So how can you create a habit of taking more action to write down something each and every day? Decide quickly your topic and simply write it down do not allow your brain the unnecessary over analysis.
To reach my work place I have to drive a distance of fifteen kilometers daily. Every single day when I start for work I rush on the mountain lanes to ensure that I reach office on time. It is a time of day when a single minute matters most and you are in the middle of high traffic. My driving speed varies daily because it depends, whether I am late, early, or on time.
Irrespective of the fact how slow or fast I drive my waiting on traffic signals and handling road bottlenecks, it takes almost same amount of time to reach office. So in this crowded environment my driving speed is blocked by the speed of the whole mob. In the similar fashion my writing is affected by lot of other things which I do in my life. Do not bother the speed of your writing and don’t quit early as its not a sprint it is a marathon.
If you are striving hard like me, I have some beautiful lines for you – We will fight, we will win, each in our own special time, each in our own special way, we will win, we will show great victory…
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