Having spent countless hours writing, I obeyed every piece of advice on the internet. I had a niche, stayed consistent in it, socialized, and spent in SEO optimization. But the stats barely shook.
In an attempt to settle the agony, I abandoned writing for months and stayed aloof. But with the heart of a writer, I could not keep away for long.
One day, while moving through a park, I had stepped into a wrong garden, just to read this quote. I took the photograph when the warden arrived with a roar. Then I noticed, I had stepped into a “No entry” grass.
The man had grey eyes and a sharp tongue. I tried to apologize and comply, but the man had a lesson to teach me. He didn’t seem angry, but he was damn serious. Furious, I had to walk away.
Coincidently, the quote read…
Words have no arrows or swords, yet they tear men’s mind to pieces.
And that’s where I got my enlightenment. Those words from Buddha didn’t have arrows. Neither the man’s speech. But they did pierce my mind.
In writing, you have to hit arrows with your words. If words from a common guard can boggle your mind, why not yours? Your thoughts have arrows that can pierce the mind of others. You can certainly make a difference in writing adopting the following.
In an astrologer’s consultation, a king was told: “You are likely to live alone in your old age because your family will die far before you”. The priest was immediately detained.
Another astrologer predicted- “You are a truly blessed king and will outlive everyone in your family.” Happily, the king appointed the astrologer as a royal priest.
How you express matters than what you mean. Both the astrologers spoke the same thing. It is better to keep the language contended, positive, and polite.
Every reader should feel the kingly respect and positive vibe when they begin to read. Be diplomatic and soft, whenever possible.
Solve problems, don’t exaggerate
A monkey was made king of the jungle when the lion was on vacation. The other day, a wolf stole away a rabbit. Together, everybody went to the new king for help.
Unable to bear the pressure, the monkey went to deal with the wolf. But what could the coward monkey do? It chattered, waggled the twigs, and jumped around the trees. Never, it had the guts to face the wolf and had no idea how to find a solution.
And that is what you should beware of in your writing. It’s your duty to solve a problem, not exaggerate it further.
Just like the lion is of the jungle, a writer is the leader of the story.
He is responsible for doing justice to his words and helping the reader with proactive solutions.
Imitate, Learn and Unlearn
Children learn the first English letter by carving the shape of it. Then they memorize it and proceed to learn the second one. Imitation is the key to learning the first new things.
Not an exception to it, I admit that I imitated the writing styles of my favorite writers. I wrote exactly how they began their paragraphs at first, and gradually modified it. Thankfully, it really helped.
The secret is not to write as everyone does, but to write like that story which sends chills down your arm.
The secret is also to unlearn conservative writing patterns and dogmatic expression. Hence, unlearning is equally important. I unlearned using a few parasitic words and adverbs.
In the writer’s journey, every stumble is a story, and every experience is an idea. You write it as if you felt and lived. This journey is vivid, eternal, and dimensionless.