My favourite grudge is over the writing advice I see plastered all over the place. Everyone has an opinion (and here I am airing mine). When to write, where to write, how much to write every single day. It all seems to boil down to discipline. Write every day. Write consciously. Write beyond your comfort zone.

I am not an adept writer. I should have put this disclaimer at the beginning. I am not published, I don’t get paid for what I write and I don’t have to manage rejection. I call myself a writer because this is something I am passionate about. I am besotted with words, etymology, nuances. I feel that words can move mountains or be the refreshing founts of peace.

But the very helpful advice that I encounter somehow makes me feel off my pace.

Write everyday. I try. But there is life. There are moods. And if I do not crank out a few hundred words at the end of a session i feel like a failure. Which makes me shrink back from the entire thing. Am I trying out others expectations as my size and disappointed that they do not fit?

Find a space that you can reclaim again and again as your writing nook. I have one of those. It doesn’t work everytime. I only need solitude. I can write on the bed, couch, floor, on the window stoop, in a crowded temple with blaring hyms. The only thing I need is solitude or a disconnection from the world around me and a connection with my own self.

Write at the same time everyday. I find that constricting. I need the expansiveness of space and time to be able to write. I want a flow and to get that I want to be unhurried, to be away from deadlines such as the one, ‘write for the next one hour and try to get down a thousand words.’

Am I creating art? With these rigid deadlines and guidelines, I am not. Do artists/writers need angst? Or do they need to sit down everyday with discipline and determination and write words?

I need discipline to grow but I also need a teeny bit of angst so that I don’t forget that writing is also a calling. With that, I find my own pace.

Which is the writing advice that you love to hate?

10 thoughts on “Finding my Writing Pace

  1. Keep on doing what you are doing! πŸ™‚ There is no exact way to do it. Enjoyed the post, for its true!
    Smile and let your heart bleed on paper at whatever time and place you want to. πŸ™‚
    Oh yes and remember this one thing always! As you said, You are a Writer! You don’t have to be published to be a writer. Being a writer is what you are in your heart.

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    1. Thanks so much for the lovely words!

      You have a knack of making people feel better through their doubts.

      In writing, I am inspired by you. Your constant experimenting with different ways and topics and your engagement with your readers.


  2. Thank you for posting a genuine blog post about writing. I have always felt the regiment way of writing to be something that creates quantity but not quality. It is often born out of the addiction of immediate gratification in this attention seeking society. Strive to make something amazing, not consistent, is what I always say.

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    1. ‘Amazing, not consistent’…yes, that speaks to me. While discipline is important, too much pushing to get more words on paper leaches it of magic.

      Thanks for your thoughts and for visiting.

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  3. Almost all advise is wrong. True writing is just using the suggestions that your smart phone throws up as you type. This gives me masterful sentences like “We are in the process of getting the next week or two and then we can go through swan to the gym.” Of course, true writers need smart phones.

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    1. I am going to get a better smartphone, bigger screen and all that and start tapping away πŸ™‚

      In any case, all this talk about writing in a particular way was getting on my nerves. Let the phone do the job πŸ˜€

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    1. Your comment has me intrigued completely, Rupali!

      I know that both writing and photography are creative processes and a way of expressing our deeper selves. But I never looked at photography like that; I thought one mastered the basics and went about clicking and practicing more and more.

      Perhaps someday you would write about your process- how you moved through various levels of proficiency in photography.

      I would love to read it πŸ™‚

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