5 Great Myths About Writing

People write for various reasons. Some take it as a hobby, and it’s a career for some. Some write to sort out their feelings and some write to tell a story.

Each and every person in this world has a story to tell. And all of them also have the freedom to do so. Anybody can write. One of the best things about writing is, it does not require any prerequisite skills or a degree. All it needs is a drive to write. The Passion.

A friend of mine once quoted, ‘Writing is like a child, you have to nurture it.’

It’s true. You cannot write something and expect it to be perfect.
 It’s okay to make mistakes, it’s okay to fall short of words, it’s okay if doesn’t make any sense at first.
The only way to find out if you’re a good writer or a bad one, is to WRITE.

So here are the great myths about writing.

1. You need some sort of inspiration to write.
Writing never just happens! It takes a great amount of time and effort. Nobody becomes a ‘good writer’ overnight. Waiting around for ideas and inspiration won’t help. Just start with a normal day-to-day experience and you’ll be good to go. Atleast, that will give you a headstart.

2. You can only write if you use a ‘sophisticated’ vocabulary.
Using a strong vocabulary is necessarily not a bad thing. But using huge words can make your entire writing complicated and difficult for the reader to even understand it. As long as it tells a good story, and gives you a sense of satisfaction, you have nothing to worry about. The vocabulary only needs to be simple and clear enough to convey the story without getting in the way. So stick to the original form. And Keep it simple, silly!

3. You can only write if you read a lot.
Of course the people who write are avid readers, but that doesn’t mean it is a necessity. It only helps to fuel your imagination more, not create it. Reading only makes you a better READER. Only writing can make you a better writer. You don’t need to read to express yourself. It just provides you with a chain of thoughts.

4. You can only write if you have a degree in literature, otherwise not.
This is true ONLY if you want a job as an editor, or writing for newspapers or magazines. No one else cares about your education when it comes to good writing. All anyone wants, or cares about, is a good story, well told.
Higher education has little history of graduating successful fiction writers.

5. “I’m not a Born Writer”.
Many people believe that great writers are born, not made – a most unfortunate misconception.
Let me tell you something, writers are NOT born. The very fine example I have is of Mr. Chetan Bhagat. I don’t think in his initial stages of life, he would have ever thought that he’d become this successful a writer. But looking at that IIT and IIM Alumni today, it’s hard to believe that he has writing as a career.
The only thing you need to know is what to write, how to write and how to practice it further.

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So start writing my friends. Also while writing on your laptop or computer, disconnect your internet for a while! It surely helps you from getting distracted.
It happens that people tend to write when they’re too happy or way too sad. While that is the case, take advantage of it ! Take the good or the bad in your life, and turn it into a beautiful piece of art.

“Sometimes the story finds the storyteller, not the other way round.”
– Neverwas (movie)

 

 

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. : It’s not just a TV show.

ImageFRIENDS is one the most awesome things I’ve ever encountered. I only got to watch this show when I was in the 9th grade, and I have had an unhealthy obsession with it ever since. This show will always have a special place in my heart. I have learnt so much about the power of love, friendship and the importance of friends in our life. It basically tells us how our lives can be full of ups and downs, and then more downs, but having friends can make it a whole lot worthwhile. Over the time I realized that it’s not just some TV show, but it is a show that everyone can relate to.

Everyone that knows me would know how excited I become when anybody even mentions FRIENDS in their conversation. And the next moment I’m imitating the characters, quoting different episodes, debating who is a better character than whom. It’s a never-ending topic.

Today, I’m 19 years old, and in this span of 5 years since I first started watching it, I’ve watched each and every episode close enough to a gazillion times. No other show I have seen till now, could match up to the level of humor, drama, friendship and my loyalty to this show.

Even today, when I’m feeling low, I switch on my laptop, and I start watching the series right from the beginning, and by the end of 2-3 episodes, I am so engrossed in it, that I even forget the problem I had in the first place.

So here is a list of things (some realistic, some not-so-realistic) that I learnt from this show:

1.  Never use “We were on a break” as an excuse. EVER. Unless you want to end up having a terrible break-up like Ross, that too with the girl of her dreams a.k.a. Rachel.

2. ‘Cupping’ is not a part of measuring pants. That only happens in prison. And it’s okay when it’s hernia.

3. Within a group of mixed boy and girl friends it’s inevitable that you will hook up with at least one of them.
Believe me, this is true. No more of an explanation is needed..

4. Its not smelly cat’s fault. It’s whatever-they-are-feeding-her.

5. Meat is not an ingredient in a trifle. Always, ALWAYS check if two pages of a recipe book aren’t stuck together. Otherwise you’ll end up making something which tastes like FEET!

6. When moving a couch upstairs, PIVOT!

Image7. Never bet your apartment in a game of “who knows who the best”. The apartment you get in the trade might not be as sanitized as you’d like.

8. Never put your head in a turkey. Also don’t use the phrase ‘spread the legs’ while taking it out of someone’s head.

9. Always double-check your measurements when making an entertainment unit. Unless you want your doors to be partly blocked. Also, it’s an electric drill–you get me, you kill me. And don’t get in the entertainment system because you might get locked in and robbed.

Image10. JOEY DOESN’T SHARE FOOD!! Unless you don’t want him to call you back and take you out on another date ever. Better yet, ALWAYS order extra fries for the table.

Image11. The Adam’s apple is not named after each individual man. So if your name is Joey, it is still called ‘Adam’s apple’ and not the Joey’s apple.

12. A silent auction is not a contest to guess the right price. Unless you want the wind in your hai-aarms, the peace and quiet that you’ve always wanted, you want to get back to nature and go fishing. And of course have $20,000 in your bank account.

13. Yemen is a good place to escape unwanted girlfriends. Especially if said girlfriend makes terrifying noises when she laughs.

14. Always say the right name at the altar. Especially if its your second marriage and you don’t need another divorce under your belt. If you’re the third party in this scenario, stay the hell away from London. Or, at the very least, listen to Dr. House.

15. Everybody has a lobster in life. As Phoebe says you can see lobster soul-mates walking around the beach with their claws linked together. You will also find your lobster, just like Ross and Rachel did.

16.  Everyone has an identical hand twin. And also make great money out of it, because of course, sane people will always pay you just to watch you and your identical hand twin.

17.  There are seven basic erogenous zones. You got one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven. Alright. You could start out with a little one. A two. A one, two, three. A three. A five. A four. A three, two. Two. A two, four, six. Two, four, six. Four. Two. Two. Four, seven! Five, seven! Six, seven! Seven! Seven! Seven! Seven! Seven! Seven! Seven! Seven! Seven!

18. Quitting the gym is just as hard as quitting the bank. Especially when they have a dreamy spandex girl working for them.

19. Everyone is entitled to a ‘freebie’ list of 5 celebrities that they can sleep with if the opportunity presents itself. Never, NEVER get that list laminated. We all know how it ended up for Ross.

20. And finally for the guys, remember, it’s not that common, it doesn’t happen to every guy and it is a big deal!!