Wednesday, May 22, 2013

So What Makes Us a Better Writer?

By Sunaina Patnaik at Wednesday, May 22, 2013

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” 

Truth to be told, we do not have any rules to turn into better (or say, awesome) writers overnight. But how I wish we had, you know, drink some magic potion and voila! You are a better writer. Unfortunately, it does not work out like that. Sigh! 

So, this is how it all started, I look at my old (like, really old blog-posts) and go, eww! And the current posts seem to be doing better than the previous ones. And well, it works for all of us, nay? We keep getting better with every post/article. Though we do not have any rules, there are some practices that we can adopt. For instance, here we go:

1) Read a lot:
Reading is such an inspiration, isn't it? We all learn a lot from reading. You know, whenever we  write, we must take sometime to read a good book before that. The books by your favourite writer, perhaps? I read Austen, Ruskin Bond, or some random articles by Manu Joseph and oh boy, do they help me or do they help me? ;-)

2) Experience:
One must experience everything they do. I say, feel everything you do, feel the aroma and the taste of the food you eat, feel the places you visit, feel the emotions, the pain you go through and all. And put down those feelings on paper. The exact feelings!

3) Write everyday:
One of the best practices of writing is to write everyday. We should make it a habit to write five hundred words a day. The more, the better!

4) Meet different people:
Every person has a story to tell. Meet different people, communicate with them, share a tale or two and analyze everything. You have so many different stories now. And if you think this is plagiarizing, let me just tell you one thing-SHUT UP!

5) Imagine a lot:
Imagination is the driving force behind everything. Be it art or creativity, imagination is everything. At some point of time, we need to let go of our thought and surrender ourselves to the power and senses of imagination and you know what? It works all the time. Perfectly at that. 

6) Coffee, my love:
No coffee, no creativity! Repeat. No coffee, no creativity.
Your brain so works well when you drain down some coffee into your system.

7) And what about movies?
Of course, movies add so much. Yes, the crappy ones too. They teach you what a bad story is. But honestly, no story is bad. Every story is meant to be told.

And the good movies, your favourite movies inspire you SO much. No, really!

Now, I am done and if you guys have any ideas, do share them. Ciao!


jahid on 23 May 2013, 00:44:00 said...

Looks like Useful points :)
Thanks for sharing!

Sunaina on 23 May 2013, 03:47:00 said...


Aditya on 23 May 2013, 03:53:00 said...

Yes, to every point!

Well written, you have inspired me to write better than you! :P

Sunaina on 23 May 2013, 03:54:00 said...

Oh haan?

I know, I am awesome like that.

Asisha on 23 May 2013, 09:40:00 said...

should get to work rght away ,.. :D

Namrata on 23 May 2013, 16:10:00 said...

Nice and helping..for night time is the best for working..I get all the imagination creaming up..or else sometimes I get awesome ideas under shower too..:)
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Vidhi Malhotra on 26 May 2013, 22:17:00 said...

Sunaina, you write really well, nicely expressed :)

Sunaina on 26 May 2013, 23:06:00 said...

@Namrata: Haha, thank you! :D

@Vidhi: Thank you so much. :)


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