My journey as a writer has been quite a long one. In the initial years I wrote short stories and features. Then many years later I dived into the world of books. Over the years I have learnt several things in this journey. I want to share these insights with my writing friends. I am sure a few things will make you smile, and some things will make you nod your heads.
1. Writing has taught me that writers seldom become overnight millionaires. Infact, fat paychecks and writers are like two railway tracks, running alongside and meeting in just a few cases.
2. Writing has taught me that I may be the boss where my stories are concerned but I am at the beck and call of my muse who decides that there is nothing wrong if he pops into the shower to greet me or that there is nothing wrong with a 3 a.m greeting.
3. Writing has taught me that however much I torture my characters they always have the last laugh by putting their foot down and taking the story in another direction from the one I had envisaged.
4. Writing has taught me the skills of a master juggler: trying to balance writing with life, work, friendship, blogging etc is not an easy task. This entire juggling business tires me big time.
5. Writing has taught me that I am the odd one among my friends. I go gushy mushy over books the way people fall over babies, hot guys, racing cars, bikes, diamonds and chocolates.
6. Writing has made me realize that I have more imaginary friends than a small child. My characters become my friends, sometimes reluctantly and sometimes willingly.
7. Writing has made me realize that I am a closet sadist. I enjoy torturing my characters.
8.Writing has taught me that patience, dedication and hard work will never go waste. Somewhere along the way the rewards are waiting.
9. Writing has taught me to develop a thick skin. Not everyone will like what I have written and not everyone will have favourable things to say about it.
10. Writing has also taught me to believe in my stories. There are people out there who will love my words, maybe they will get inspired by it. I owe it to them to keep writing.
What has your writing journey taught you? Please share with us, we all would love to know.