Now

The thoughts come as the waves build up, meandering like the clouds in the vast sky. I breathe. A long, slow breath!… My mind wanders to moments lived and gone by. The journeys taken and the journeys that could not be. All the while just the couplet in my mind: “Two roads diverged in a wood, And I took the one less travelled by…” with a question hovering: “Will it make all the difference?”

There are so many questions. So many answers waiting to be discovered. Which one is right? Is there a right? But now, like right now, does it really matter to get all the answers? Can’t it be just put aside for some time else, some place else?

The noise of the waves silences the noise inside me … calming the turmoil as the outside engulfs me in itself — drenched, drowned, drifted away! — as I sit on the rocks staring blankly at the sea. Watching the waves forming … coming with a gush and dying at the rocks. Time stops right there at that spectacle and yet I am reminded of its flow by the very flow of the waves.

A different wave each time, a different time each wave.

Time froze, right? Yes. And time flowed immeasurably? Yes. Both Yes. That was the magic of it. The completeness. The infiniteness of it, taking me away from all the chaos, the turbulence of my thoughts — to just watch the waves, savor the moment, and feel.

It is so uncommon. To be there. Just. To actually be alive to the time present and forget about the trails of the past and the paths of the future. That moment of serenity. Meditative? Kind of.

As I looked beyond… to the horizon… sea merging with the sky… a beginning of yet another contemplative voyage that is to be taken some time else. For now, the waves come to me as I wave back to them. And they go just as seamlessly. And all that remains is the water, the feeling, the bliss. Now.

An Ode To Writers

So, someone asked me the other day:

“Simran, can anyone be a writer that gets admiration? Or is writing not everyone’s cup of tea?”

I had this to reply…

Yes, anyone can write. In fact, we are all writing on a day to day basis without realizing — Messages, comments, post captions, emails. And we all have definitely written our language exams, haven’t we?

So, yes, we all are writers.

Now, the difference why some are “writer” writers and some aren’t is… choice.

These “writers” chose to pursue that path with their practice and passion.

…They looked for opportunities to write everywhere.

…They carried a notebook and pen everywhere they went. (Because who knows when inspiration strikes!)

…They lived and breathed words.

…They read like a maniac, and wrote like a mad scientist.

…They sat down with a pen, staring at the blank paper, and making an article out of their existential crisis.

…They kept trying to find the meaning of their life in the words they wrote.

…They kept on honing their skills with learning and improvement.

…They dedicated their life to this craft.

And they did it all everyday. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Unfailingly. Without giving up.

Even when the blank page stared them to death!

They are “writers”!

We are writers.

Read. Write. Read Some More.


Writers, are you reading? Like really reading?

And by reading, I do not mean passively reading a novel or a news piece or a review or something.

What I mean is…

Reading actively. Intently.

Studying it.

Absorbing it.

Revising it.

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All writers read. Yeah.

But the secret lies in analyzing what you read. See how the words flow, how the sentences form, what adjectives are used, the headings, the endings.

Ask Why…

Whenever you feel super-motivated by reading something, give it some more time and study it.

What did that write-up had which you felt so strongly?
How did the words connect so deep?
What did you love the most in the writing style?
Or that you could actually sense the writer speaking those words?

What was it?

Find it. Absorb it.

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So, the next time you sit to write something, revise all the emotions and observations inside your head, and then start.

Find that connect. Feel it.

And then start writing.

7 Tips to Combat Writer’s Block

Oh! The terror. The blank page. The impatient pen. Only if the words could flow …

While you wait for the inspiration to strike, here are my tips to combat the dreaded writer’s block:

1. Listen to some music.

Nothing inspires more than music. My go-to artists: Eminem and Linkin Park. Somehow, they always have the words that I need.

2. Go for a walk. Alone.

Get outside. And get going. Walking really opens up the closed gates of the mind, triggering thoughts and inspiration.

3. Start scribbling. Or typing randomly.

Even if all you can type is “I cannot write.” – You have got words on your screen at least. And it is so much better than that blank page. Let your mind free. And type whatever that comes. It need not be a sentence. Any word. Any language. Just write.

4. Read… Online. Offline. Blog. Newspaper. Anything!

Skim through if you don’t feel like reading. Open up other’s work to find the words you are looking for.

5. Sleep. (You heard me right!)

Nothing beats dozing off. Trust me! Keep all your client worries at bay and just sleep. You’ll wake up refreshed and ready to take on that blank page! …

6. Go for a drive or a ride.

Some ‘me-time’ is really needed for a writer to realign her thoughts. Sometimes, a drive or a ride on a bike does the job of bringing back the lost mojo.

7. Watch a movie.

Re-watching your favorite movie will surely get all those creative juices flowing.

Wait for inspiration and you’d keep waiting forever. Take a break, restart, realign, and get going. Words will come 🙂

Any other tips to fight writer’s block? Let me know in the comments!