It’s really strange, but whenever someone asks me what I do for a living and I say that I am a writer, I don’t get quizzical looks, unlike many of my other writer friends. Maybe it’s stamped on my face but my journey into writing has been pretty straightforward.

I think I was born to write — and I am really not being egoistical here. I started reading at three and as I was drawn deeper and deeper into the magical, glorious world of books, writing was a natural progression. The first time I had a by-lined article in print was when I was six, and it was in my residential estate’s newsletter. I wrote about the sad state of the estate’s park at that time. What was even more exciting than seeing my name in print was that action was actually taken after my short piece ran and the park was spruced up. Since then, there’s been no looking back.

When I became a writer, no one questioned my choice except for my creative writing lecturer from junior college. She thought I was wasting my talent by becoming a tech writer. I think she is still waiting for me to write a book. My induction into tech writing was by no means a song. My very first news article was thrown back at me three times by the subeditor, who told me it was a news piece and to keep it to that.

I spent more than 12 years in tech writing which I thoroughly enjoyed before I moved into fashion, beauty and lifestyle. This was a whole different ball game from tech writing but I found it just as exciting; though I had to resist the urge to tell the journalists in this space not to take everything so seriously — we weren’t writing about rocket science after all!

After dabbling in the communications space for four years, I have now come back full circle to writing and am enjoying every single minute of it. What more can one ask for in their job?  Writing creates a happy buzz in me that no other job I’ve done can ever equal. For all the disbelievers out there, here’s why:

  1. Watching an idea take shape on screen is just so fulfilling. Sure, it helps pay my bills, but writing is a driving passion of mine. After so many years, I can truly say that writing brings me pure joy. Stephen King once said that if you can do something for pure joy, than you can do it forever. Truer words have never been said.
  2. Each time I write, I learn something new myself. This not only relates to the topic I am writing about but also about myself.
  3. The late motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar said, “You can have everything you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.” To me, this is pretty much the secret of content publishing.
  4. While Stephen King is not one of my favourite writers, he is a really gifted one. In his book On Writing he stated, “You must not come lightly to the blank page.” How right he is. Write as if the whole world is reading what you are writing. After all, if you don’t take your own writing seriously, who else is going to? Many of the writers I know are their own worst critics.
  5. King also said, “Writing is refined thinking.” While I am not saying that writers are philosophers, I believe that most writers think a lot (probably about different things, sometimes about very similar things) and then we write. The honest truth is that good writing is normally preceded by quite a bit of thinking.

Having said this, I guess it’s enough writing for now; I have to get back to thinking.

 

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Why Writing Is For Me


BY Shanti Anne Morais

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