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It's been a long time since I had a blank page staring at me, waiting for an imprint. I do not know what caused this delay- I always had an idea or two to write about and also the time for it but the motivation was lacking. I was pre-occupied, among other things, by an idea that at first fuelled the creative spirit in me to bring about a huge change in my approach towards writing, only to leave me disillusioned in the end.


I have often been prodded by friends and family about what I wished to make with my flair for writing. Was I practising for a book, perhaps? Or did I desire to be featured in magazines and newsletters? Or, maybe, to just make that extra pocket money, sitting comfortably in front of a screen? My answer has always been woven around different connotations of 'I like writing'. Then I took a look around and wondered about the many possibilities pointed out to me. It won't be too bad getting my work published somewhere, wouldn't it? Neither would the extra pennies hurt, I reasoned. Have a skill, I'd be better off using it to my advantage.
 
This new found purpose lead to me an online content writing internship and a shot at getting a piece of work published. Which eventually lead to me distancing myself from my blog and all forms of writing I did exclusively for myself. I started to loathe writing: instead of being an outlet for to my emotions and views, it became another source of stress on my work-laden shoulders. As the frustration grew, I realized that I had reached the fearful place we've all been warned about when pursuing a passion: turn it into a form of work and you may find you cannot tolerate it any more. I'm not saying that this is a necessary outcome for any one walking down these roads, but, for me, the stress was quite binding. Also, I've started to feel that though there may be a lot of story-telling and prose-wielding inside me, the books will just have to wait till I am ready to have them, till I am ready to express through them.
 
And so, it ia back to looking for rainbows and acting on my whims. And, if my readers would still have me, back to being a simple-minded blogger.


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Medha Kapoor






10 comments:

  1. I've been writing content since graduation, so that's almost 6 years in the business & I can't agree more! This form of writing is mostly redundant, not all that creative & often causes more stress than relieve any. The key is to strike a balance, you could have read in your free time to ensure that you are not totally cut off from the literary world.
    I used to do some light reading always to take my mind off the stress & it also helped improve my writing. Don't give up totally yet, this is a lucrative industry & could use some good writers now :)

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    1. That's a good piece of advice Riyana. I can usually be found reading in whatever free time I can squeeze out during the day but with the job and the content writing, I could hardly find any. But, yeah, better reading maketh a better writer. Kudos to you for sticking in the industry so long. :)

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  2. Welcome back :) Again a nice piece of writing. It's indeed a true observation in any field. While doing something you like in your own way is completely different experience then doing under someone else.

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    1. Thank you Saumitri :) I guess that's because we need a little bit of freedom and 'leg-space' when doing what we like to do...

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  3. Ah! Yes! The moment 'I want to write' turns to 'I have to write', the joy of writing can start draining away

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    1. Yes, exactly, it's as simple as that.

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  4. Very well written indeed!..quiet inspiring for a newbie like me..penning down your observations in life and striking the same chord in other's lives in itself is a stress-buster.

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    1. That's right! I'm glad you could find something inspiring in all this hogwash. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. You poured out it so well,nicely written!😊

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