How did I find my Voice in Writing?
I’m not a Born Writer!
It took me an age to grow and hear my inner voice, loud enough, saying:
I was born to write.
But it took me more than three decades to hear it!
I heard The Writer’s Voice
Got into a profession that did not align with my abilities and I felt stuck for the longest time.
I kept nudging myself to build interest in what I was doing, but I failed.
Slowly a repelling force started to cultivate but I was not able to sense it strongly.
The feeling of withdrawal from the work was growing more but I was clueless about what I wanted to pursue as an alternative.
With time I discovered:
I observed and thought about everything happening around me on a deeper level.
This was the trigger that took me deeper into the understanding of where my energy could be best channelized.
My mind would dig into the minutiae of every little random thing.
I did not know where my gut was trying to take me, but I could slowly decipher what it was telling me.
I did not try to contemplate and understand all of it. I just went with one signal at a time.
And then I reached a point when I felt that I could no longer store all these thoughts in my head.
I felt the urge to open the closed bottle of my endless thoughts and empty it somewhere.
And it made its way through Words.
The Writer’s Voice was heard.
That’s how it gave birth to Writing!
I was not even an amateur, I would rather call myself a Newcomer.
I still remember the first time I attempted to write my first draft ever.
It was not horrible, but I was not complacent with my attempt.
I showed the draft to my best friend, my sister-in-law and my brother.
And from all of them, the response was:
It’s nice but it’s complex. Make it reader friendly.
The feedback did not make me reluctant to go ahead with writing, but it did shake my confidence.
Being completely raw at writing, I did not know how the journey would go but I knew that only practicing and continuing writing would help me build my confidence.
And I dived into it completely.
The Writer’s Journey
While on my way to this new Journey, I started to sense how my writing was uncovering its mysterious stages.
I did not have any mentor to tell me the secrets of Writing like a pro, but as I soaked all into it, I started to find the gold nuggets of Writing.
With every next layer, I was being unfolded into something new and intriguing.
Something that was appearing like a discovery.
Something that helped me understand how I was supposed to carve this endeavor more beautifully.
I figured out that the more I wrote, the more I could understand what writing was.
From a newcomer, I slowly turned into an amateur Writer.
Something that I had never practiced even as a hobby in my life was slowly turning into my Passion.
I did incline to words, vocabulary, and writing but had never explored them to a point that I could think of myself as a Writer.
Taking one article after another, I got a chance to experience the flavors of writing and its concomitant constraints as well.
Some articles would flow like butter, and some would make me stuck to a point that I would start doubting my Passion.
Every new article would come with its share of experiences.
And I embraced each one, knowing that it is not going to be bright and sunny on all days.
Some days will be gloomy and if I dare to get through the gloomy ones, I will make it brighter and sunnier days as well.
Writing became my Religion, and I found my soul in it!
It’s been three years since I started writing along with my full-time job. I hardly could squeeze time to write but whatever I got; I grabbed it like an opportunity.
Had endless chores at home and plenty of errands at my workplace and writing was the last thing I could get time for.
Over these 3 years, I have discovered some key strategies that worked for me, and the staggering part is that now when I read top writers talking about the same strategies, it almost boggles me.
I feel entranced by the fact that how the process uncovers its gold nuggets itself.
The strange part is the strategies that we discover to get through writer’s block are already tried and tested by some of the great names. And that gives them a strong validation.
I too discovered what worked best for me which made writing a little easier than before.
What I realized is that you don’t force yourself to pursue Passion, your passion calls you and you are set on fire.
All you need is to just observe your life patterns and there will be something that you will find sticking out the most.
It might not be something you are best at but something that would make you feel best.
And that’s where you need to penetrate in.
If you resonated with my words and found this meeting with the Writer in me inspiring, I would love to see you in my inbox as an ardent reader!
I will come up with the strategies I discovered in my writing journey soon in the next post.
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