You wouldn't ask her the question "Why do you write?" but Niha would write a 1000 word essay per day on why she does.
At times when I have too many thoughts in my mind, and when I'm not able to even bring myself to write a single word or a sentence, I get frustrated that I'm not able to write.
But one thing I'm always sure of is that I love writing and I can't live without it.
I recently read somewhere that “Writing is not a choice but a calling."
Something along those lines.
It is a true statement because when it's a calling, you just know it's meant for you. Likewise, I just knew I wanted to write and do nothing else.
If you wanted to know how you become a writer overnight, then the only qualification you need to fulfill is that you keep writing. :)
It doesn't matter if you write hundred words a day, or a thousand. All it matters is that you write, write, and write.
So, how did I become a writer?
Well, let me answer this with a very short story. Don't worry, I won't take a lot of your time. :D
Ever since I was a child, my imagination has been vivid. And daydreaming has always been my second nature.
But Niha, this has nothing to do with you getting into writing!
I know, I know. I'm almost done with my short story. Promise!
So since daydreaming has always been my second nature, I was naturally drawn to movies, stories, music, shows, etc.
Funnily enough though, my exploration with stories began at the age of 16, when I used to read teen stories on this site called Quotev. (Now an almost dead site :P)
That's how it all began. I used to read so many stories. One thing lead to another and I found myself on this very popular app called Wattpad. And there, once I was “brave” enough to share my stories, I started sharing them one by one.
Now, now, in no means are my stories “professional” and none of them are worth publishing. Yet. And I would easily call myself an amateur writer. But I'm a writer nonetheless!
And that's a short story on how I landed into this writing business.
Wait. That only explains the “how”. What about the “why”? Especially when there's no promised fame or monetary benefits?
I'm just getting to it.
The obvious answer is going to be “I'm very passionate about writing.”
But I want to explain more on this.
You see, writing is not just my passion. It's my need, my urge to create compelling stories. And if I don't create or write stories, my mind gets clouded with thoughts.
Thoughts which I don't want to have, sometimes.
I'd much rather prefer those thoughts embossed with ink on a crumpled piece of paper (or even a clean one) than them constantly running in my mind.
When I'm not thinking about stories I'm thinking about how to be a writer and vice versa. And then it turns into a cycle. It's exhausting and overwhelming.
Universe was constantly behind me to just take the thing and get started with it.
“Alright, alright, I'll just start writing!" I said to the universe, as the thoughts got to me too much at that time.
That's why I ended up here!
And I'm pretty glad that I did.
Writing doesn't usually promise success (even though I myself badly want to succeed), but that shouldn't stop you from pursuing it. And it shouldn't be the primary goal to get started.
I (and many writers) would suggest to not depend on it as a sole earning as this might take time.
Whichever form of writing you prefer to write (novels, short stories, blogs, etc.), you need to dedicate time, patience, money, and effort towards it to achieve success.
When I thought I would be okay with the above mentioned things, I made a decision to continue on this journey. That's why you're reading this blog. :)
Aaand that's it, loves! I hope you find this blog slightly entertaining and also hope you weren't bored throughout the read! Excuse me if it wasn't to your liking.
If you'd like to read more of these kind of blogs, do comment so I know you're reading!
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