Are there writing rules?

There are no writing rules, unless of course, if your job depends on it.

I am an amateur writer. I have never followed any rules or guides so far. I just write whatever I want to, whichever way I want to. So when someone asks me what rules there are to writing, I ask them to consult Google and if you want it my way, then just write. Write till your mind is empty, totally empty with no more thoughts left. Write during the day or at midnight when the world’s asleep. Just write.

I moved to a new city and with it, came the freedom of being alone. I feel so liberated that it all feels like a dream to me; too good to be true. But it is true and awesome too. Consequently, I spend a lot of time writing, scribbling away frantically with my pen moving in a rhythmic fashion from one word to another. Sometimes the thoughts are pouring themselves out in such a rush  that I eat up words, end up linking sentences that feel inappropriate later. But I write nonetheless.

I have learnt that the more I write, the more I have to write. There’s never an end. It’s like a craving that doesn’t cease to appease my appetite for words. Have you ever felt that way?

If you are not sure about the quality of your writing and are not yet ready to share them on public platforms, the mantra is one – write a diary. This way you can get enough practice before you are ready to publish your work on the web. Again, it doesn’t have to be gigantic technology or science or philosophy related content. You can just start by noting down your day to day experiences. Something good happened, write it down. You are angry, the diary is right there for you to vent it out. Put everything down there. A loss or tragedy, you are suffering in grief, what best than writing about how you feel at that moment?

I am one of those people who love to write diary entries. Sometimes I write as much as 5 entries in a day and sometimes for weeks there’s nothing on it. Sometimes, it is just a sentence or two and other times, I scribble down pages after pages until my fingertips go numb and refuse to write another word. More than satisfying the crave to write, it is an over-flowing cauldron of thoughts that I keep running through in my spare time. A diary is the best way to keep memories stocked up.

Also, there’s only so much you can share with friends or family and certain things are way too personal to be shared. Don’t you agree? A diary comes very handy at such times. Plus you have the liberty to make as many blunders from criss-cross thoughts, while you write in a diary. Gradually, as your writing matures, you can think about blogging.

Now, while there are no rules to writing, it is needless to say that basic aspects like grammar, proper sentence construction, no confusing content, need to be in place. You do not want a shoddy picture at the end of the day. Rules, style guides and writing tips to polish your work are available in plenty on the web. You may refer them.

So there’s no rule, at least not one that I follow. Mostly because I am least bothered about that kind of thing. If it makes me happy, then that’s all there is to it.

-Asha Seth

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  1. There are no other better ways to become a good writer than being constantly and constructively engaged in writing. We need to keep writing. There is no ifs and buts in writing. There are days when we will produce some lovely pieces of writing and there are days where we will have nothing to write and whatever we write appears mediocre and mundane. The output is not in our control but the process is and what matters is the discipline in following the process towards excellence and accomplishment in writing.

    Is there a rule we should be following writing? or should we be experimenting with the age old rules to create something new and different. We need to answer this question.

    After all, we are in space of creativity where imagination overrides the reality, we have to give the rightful place to the space of creative disruption of our thoughts. Without that wild exploration and wide experimentation, it becomes monotonous and writing is not a routine engagement, it is heighten engagement where our perception undergoes fundamental transformation. We need to take that risk and we need to keep our creative juice flowing and we need to give those fluid the right slope to flow, channeling our scattered thoughts and creating that beautiful convergence of thoughts and action makes it truly mystical.

    Have a wonderful Sunday.
    😀

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  2. There are certain things you do need to adhere to when writing like correct spelling commas, periods etc but that doesn’t mean we all write the same. Everyone has their own style. You have yours and it serves you well.

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    1. It’s great to have a diary when you are out and about. Make a note of the minutest observations. But it is so relieving to just blog when you do not want to leave that cozy corner in the house, but sit and bleed words on the computer.
      Have a nice day, Riju.

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  3. Well, I have never written a single diary entry I went straight into blogging. I have done lots of academic writing and I believe that those of my pieces are interesting too but I understand that most people would not find them too exciting. What I wanted to note here was that I noticed that blogging, that is just writing about anything that bothers or interests me in the world, helps my academic writings too. I feel more confident since I started my blog, so I definitely agree with you – ‘the more I write, the more I have to write’.

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  4. Great post. When I first started writing, I joined a couple critique groups. I didn’t last long. I learned to write my way, not how others thought I should write. Have an awesome day.

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  5. I love the thought, Just write! I am a compulsive journal writer too and I just feel more productive when I am actively journalling. Pleasure to read you 🙂

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    1. I know what that feels like, the obsessive compulsive urge to write. I pray more and more of us are blessed with that feeling. So much more we’d write, and so much more to read in return. Thanks Veena.

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  6. You make a good point my friend, if we had proper rules to writing we would all write the same, getting used to putting words down on the page and gaining confidence is always the best way. This utter freedom is sometimes overwhelming but in an intoxicating way, it pleases me that you write lots as I enjoy reading what you have to say.

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“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ― James A. Michener

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