What to Write?

Do you sometimes feel that your head might burst to disperse thousands of words in the form of thoughts in the air around you? Do you come across this state when there is so much you want to write, so many things at once that you just don’t seem to be able to concentrate on other tasks at hand? Are there times when there is an eager urge to drop everything and set out to writing?

And when you finally manage to sit down with a pen and your notepad, you hardly get past a couple of lines Also, when you re-read the rough draft you realize that you not only did scrape something largely deviating from what you actually meant to write but you scripted a jumble of ideas which seems nothing but a sort of maze from the outside.

Well, I’m not certain about you but I’ve been doing this awful lot lately. I sit down with a pack of ideas to be constructed in a train of thought but I end up filling pages after pages with random thoughts pouring out my mind. Sometimes, I don’t even spare the margin areas. I keep frantically scribbling until I feel my head is light and empty to house new thoughts. And I get a feeling that even the rashly scribbled pages stare back at me as though trying to make sense of things I scribble.

So while I am already doing so much of writing, you must be wondering why the title. The problem is I’m barely being able to concentrate on what I want to write. Time is one permanent issue. Dedication another. But it is not the lack of time but the lack of dedication that’s the real issue. At least that’s what I feel.

Nowadays, I feel I do not anymore enthusiastically write the way I used to. I’ve noticed a change in the pattern I write. And it is this. I never cared much about what I am writing except that it should be grammatically correct with simple-to-understand content. Off-late, I am overly concerned about what my readers like to read or rather what my readers might like to read and that’s one of the major hurdles in my literary endeavors. Now you must be thinking why is that? It’s positively alright to be concerned about your reader’s likes and dislikes when you exact a work of literature. But I was never concerned about this side of writing earlier. I started writing because I liked to write not because I wanted what I wrote to be liked.

Now with this change in pattern, suddenly, I feel there is so much less to share and consequently so much less to write. A state of restlessness engulfed the blogger all the time.

I shared the same with Radhika, my colleague-turned-friend and a blogger herself. Radhika has been a real motivation in my literary journey so far. She’s been a never-ending flow of motivation and sound suggestions which I love her for.  She said, Maybe you are pushing yourself a lot to see perfection in what you do. Over-straining yourself to rise to best standards in writing. But perfection will come with time not with you trying to match the taste of your readers. Remember, there are a lot of able proficient writers out there. They’ve reached there with time. While you, You’ve just started.”

It did make sense. Yes, it did. It is practically impossible to suit everyone’s tastes. For the past few weeks, I have wasted nearly all my time in just pondering, re-crafting, and correcting the few lines I manage to write down. I just want everything to be so damn perfect. Not a word, not a feeling amiss. But that has only narrowed my writing bandwidth. What to write, I constantly muse about.

Well, I guess, for now, I’m just going to try to be less perfection-obsessed and write as much as I can. Just write. Hoping it helps to fade out this gloomy phase. But how about you? Do you ever go through similar writing blocks? What do you do to tackle it? Or do you also sometimes wonder – what to write?

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Asha Seth

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  1. Wow this post is from a while ago! I actually have been dealing with writer’s block lately despite posting fairly often. I’ve found that by simply writing and then coming off with verse after verse often times poems can write themselves. I had always wondered if my writing had been appealing to people, or if they just click like because I support their sites, but recently have stopped caring and just write. I think I’ve slowly been improving despite being out of words which is a happy feeling. Hope your writing block has gone away four years later haha! Always write what you want to write instead of what you think others want to see or your writing loses its authenticity!

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  2. I write notes of what I want to write about and the characters I want to write about but then I get nervous what if ….it isn’t good enough? what if the story doesn’t connect? Then I think about doing another story without following through on that previous one…does that happen to you?

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    1. Yes, it’s all the time. There are dozens of drafts on blog posts, poems, short stories lying untouched, discarded. But in time I do visit them and make something good out of them. It makes me feel happy.

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    1. Thanks for sharing the post Nirav, it captures the same thought.
      I’m hardly qualified to be a writer yet, I hope to become a good one one day. So happy to see you stop. 🙂

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  3. Writing is sharing your breath of life-light, the genuine you who pleases and blesses her won inner being first especially inward towards God. When your peace is balanced within then you share your inner beauty in what you pen! Let your joy,and happiness guide your hand, let your spirit sing songs that lift your heart, and when you share they will always lift others, and bless them at the same time for they will feel your heart’s love and dance in the radiance of your life-light. There will be many who will love your words, and some who may not care for what you write, but believe me, the love withing your words will surely multiply into the hearts of many as they share..you write so very beautiful in a calming and simple way. Most beautiful things are easy to embrace because of their simplicity, easy to understand, easy to love and enjoy. Do not complicate it, just be yourself and your flow will never change and your words shall always come. At one time when I began writing, i started reading others writings and tried to change the way I wrote, to resemble some of the other style i saw, but i began to dislike it, and it became a chore, so I went back to simply being me, and the spirit flows easily within. It is good for you to reflect, but take it from me, you are very talented and do not need to change a thing, that is what makes you the completely unique writer you are . Your words and messages are soothing to the soul. God bless and have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Hello Asha! (what a lovely name! It means hope, does it not?)

    Quite an apt write up, not to mention succint. I think there’s two kinds of writing. One that we want to write, that on occasion we force out, and the other that we need to write, that we cannot and shouldn’t keep in. In the confluence of the two is where we should aspire to be.. After all, what is a writer who can’t say what what he thinks? And, more, what needs to be said?

    Thoroughly enhoyable read. 🙂

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  5. I have not been able to visit your space recently, Asha. Apologizing for that.
    This ‘what to write?’ has been a problem for a lot of writers and I’m sure you’ll get over it as you are wonderful in expressing your ideas… looking forward to seeing beutiful thoughts from you…

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  6. Well done, Asha. Days are not far away when your inner drive and candid dedication to achieve the zenith and hold supremacy of perfection will undoubtedly fly you in future in the sky that has star-studded writers.
    Keet it up!!!
    Kantesh

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  7. How’ve you been Tomas? Its been a while I saw you around.
    And yes, Patience is the key. Thank you for reminding me the mantra.
    -A S

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  8. I write what I enjoy writing. Sometimes I catch myself writing out of a sense of “duty” but then I stop myself and ask myself if I really am enjoying what I am doing right now? It is my ongoing challenge, every day and every moment. You are sincere to yourself and that is something others profit from – keep it up and remember patience: “Patience is the Reward of Patience” St. Augustine Namaste’ Tomas

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    1. I haven’t ventured into writing books yet do know how you feel.
      Good to see you halt around here, Karen. 🙂

      -A S

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  9. I have been more worried about what I write on my blog recently as my blog is known for being a good resource for writers and I don’t what to upset my followers by veering off.

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    1. I know exactly what you are talking about. Your passion for writing can lead you to tricky situations. But readers will follow as long as you write. Atleast, that’s what Ive come to believe. 🙂
      Happy to see you stop.

      -A S

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    1. Hi Kristyl. How have you been?
      This is the second time in a row I didn’t get around writing to you on a conferred award. So sorry!
      Firstly, congratulations on winning the much-deserved award. 😛
      Secondly, thank you for considering me fitting for the award(I largely doubt if I deserve it). Thanks, anyway dear. Shall do a credit-post soon.

      -A S

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  10. I’ve been there too, recently as well, you see though we here are patient and don’t mind a wait, whilst you write because you always come out with extremely articulate points and I wish you the best of luck overcoming this phase.

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    1. Thanks SteJ. It is rather difficult to write on general topics like such, I feel. Although, there is a mountain of words you wish to build, you somehow aren’t focused enough which makes it all the more impossible as most of it is plain tosh. But I try still.
      Your wishes sought and accepted. 🙂

      Keep coming!
      -A S
      P.S.: What are you reading presently? Haven’t come around yours in a while now.

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      1. Yes keep trying, I always enjoy your words on any subject. I always stop round every other day!

        I have just started Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco, which promises to be a really exciting read, a sort of intelligent satire on ridiculous conspiracy theories. Like a better da Vinci Code, more intelligent.

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        1. Wow, the book sounds interesting. Surprised at how I didn’t ever hear about it. But with you being around, I’m certain to encounter the very best of books. 🙂 I enjoyed Da Vinci Code although I didn’t know what to believe and what not to. But this one sure seems promising.

          And thanks J for the most humble comments. Saves me from having my head exploded from over-pondering. Maybe I’ll start writing more often.

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  11. I can relate to this feeling. Having so many ideas that you are just itching to put pen to paper, but once you start, you can’t seem to form the exact scene, character, etc. that’s been stuck in your mind all day. It can be quite frustrating.

    Although I don’t have much helpful advice to give you, as I am a young writer who is often stuck in the same position, I would say just keep going and don’t lose hope because of this. At least, that is what I try to do. 🙂

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  12. I feel the same way. When I started blogging and had hardly any followers, I just wrote more for myself and it was very free. Now with more people, I do find thoughts crowding my mind of “Will my readers like this?” It’s hard to get over, but I guess the important thing is to just keep writing, and not let those thoughts cripple you.

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    1. Exactly what I keep thinking. “What my readers might like?” is a trailing part of the work that will always follow, I guess. 🙂
      Important to concentrate on the work at hand than the results, as you rightly hinted. Thanks much, Char!

      -A S

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  13. I think this happens to all writers. Don’t worry about things being perfect — just get it all down on the page and then you can find and polish all the gems inside afterwards. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Christi. A gem as you are yourself. I am still continuing to write pages. Hope to scatter some finely polished ones sooner. 🙂

      -A S

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  14. Yes, I’ve been there too! In fact, after a whole year of posting several times a week (if not every day), I barely posted anything at all for the entire month of January! But I think the “pondering and re-crafting” is a necessary part of the journey, and is what makes you such a great writer! Keep it up 🙂

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    1. You’re so sweet always, Kavi. And I know exactly what you mean. Been there. Done that. All a part of the journey, like you say. 🙂

      -A S

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  15. I have missed you, Asha. I hope life is treating you well. 🙂

    And your friend Radhika is right, perfection comes through time. For me myself, there’s a difference between polishing a diamond and collecting bricks. The former takes longer than the latter. What kind of stuff do you want to write? The diamond or the bricks? Up to you.

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    1. Glad to see you Subhan. Oh! How long has it been?
      Life’s the same tedious bit. Well, personally, I’d take up polishing diamonds with a hope to pocket up a few. 😛
      How have you been? Do write back.

      -A S

      P.S.: I’m at your work this week. Though in bits and pieces.

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  16. Duh! I guess that the struggle of a writer which goes on.. exceeding your own expectation to meet perfection is the toughest job.. don’t worry you are not alone feeling that way 🙂

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