Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Absolute Essentials for a Writer

What makes a story compelling enough for readers to crave for more content, is what a writer creates...with more ingredients than an authentic biryani!

To delve deeper into the subject I decided to ask people (specifically, writers, bloggers, content developers), what they thought, was most essential for a writer. To be honest, a few of the answers were pretty basic ...others have the potential to surprise you.

So here's a compilation of the results that were gathered from at least 10 dependable sources:-

1. Expertise in the subject:

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If you want to write about something, you'll have to thoroughly research regarding every item you want to present in an article, blog post or story. If you come up with something that is contrary to facts, always mention that you are deviating from the original story or facts. This will at least allow your more knowledgeable readers to know about your intentions and not spam your comment box with malicious content. 

2. Don't use too many jargons:

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Using big words is fine, especially when you have avid readers as followers. But, make sure you use those jargons at the right places. Do not fill in your content with lots of them, so that people get confused about what you've written. Let'd face it...even you wouldn't like re-reading the same sentence at least 6-7 times to understand what it actually says.
Also, do not use words unnecessarily, moreover when you do not know the meanings of those words. It is especially irritating to readers and you're sure to get some retorts for that.

3. Get in "the zone":

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This my dears, is the key to becoming a successful writer. When you write, do you feel that calm feeling as if it's absolutely "your space". Its difficult to break out from such a reverie. Time slows down and nothing else seems to matter, except for you and what you write. That right there, is "your zone". 
Once you're there, no matter what I'm sure you'll be able to come up with matter that may even surprise you from time to time. 

4. Know that when you write, you spin Magic:

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A painter can make magic on a canvas, but a writer's magic lies in bringing out the picture in mere words. J.K. Rowling created a world of magic through merely 7 books; Wordsworth painted thousands of pictures in out minds through the power of poetry; Shakespeare played out romances and tragedies while the works of Homer and Dante still inspire awe among even the best of us. 

5. Eyes:

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Now you'd say that is just another cliched bit of information. Well, that's what I thought first as well. Apparently there are very few famous writers who have been visually impaired since birth.
Yet, looking deeper into the matter I'd have to mention that seeing is not the same as observing. A good writer never uses her/his eyes to "just see". They observe... and that ladies and gentlemen is where the journey begins.

6. Connect with your Readers:

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Its a mutual relationship you know? I'm sure there are times when you just want to express yourself through your matter. But what makes a piece of content better than the rest, is your consideration of what your readers want. Sometimes a compromise is necessary to please the readers as well. Many a times they come up with ideas and twists that you may not even have imagined. This adds a little to your piece and definitely expands horizons. 

7. Jot it Down!:

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Yeah, it is very common for you to spin tales in your head and let them fly off into the air even as you walk down the sidewalk. There's always an easy solution. Carry a notepad or jot things down on your phone memoranda so as to not forget. No idea is absolutely useless and you know it!

8. Do not Procrastinate:

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If you have a deadline, just get it done. Yeah, I  know its not that easy. Believe me when I say that the same is a problem for me as well. Yet again, there's no point pushing work unto tomorrow because you never know what tomorrow may hold in store for you. 

9.Let lose your imagination:

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There's no point reigning in ideas so you might as well let them flow. Take out at least 15 minutes everyday to think about what you'd like to write about or what you'd want people to know. It does help. This way, you are ready to set off the moment you sit down to type.

10. Take Breaks:

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Its easy to get distracted so might as well take short breaks between writing. Staring at the screen isn't a good idea for long stretches of time. Go have some snacks or jog around before you sit to type it all down again. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

6 Confessions of a Coffeeholic

The fresh scent of coffee, wafting in the air as soon as you open the can of beans/powder is one of the great ways to start any day, in my not so humble opinion. It takes time to master the art of coffee making, especially when it comes to that particular flavor, which you prefer and that too early in the morning, every single morning.

My obsession for coffee began while I was studying in the higher grades, trying to keep up during exam times to study late into the night (because that is when we ACTUALLY study, no matter what the experts ask us to do). There are so many different kinds of beans out there, combinations of which can lead to an even interesting and sometimes not so exciting flavors. My point is, you need to try it to know it. 

I am a die hard coffee lover and here are my confessions:

1. One cup a day is never enough:

I'm sure this stands true for every coffee drinker out there. How can simply one cup of that steaming, bubbling, aromatic beverage, ever be enough? One in the morning and one the evening are absolutely compulsory to get through the day. Sometimes, maybe you get to sneak in a few more cups, which counts as a great achievement, just because.

2. Cannot function without it:

Even if it is all in the head, I really, truly, heartily believe that my coffee completes me. Without that first cup in the morning I confess I'm not a very nice person. (My friends and family can assure you about that one). It is just impossible to not fall asleep during those 8:30 classes without a warm cup of coffee before. No matter how many hours of sleep you manage to get, that steamy cup of coffee, just sitting on the counter, is the key to a successful and happy day ahead.

3. It's an excuse to drink from my favorite mug/s (not just any cup):

It is the personification of your deepest desires...your coffee mug. You see it everyday, you use it more than once in a day and you cannot for the life of you imagine drinking coffee from any other cup. It can be your favorite for more than one reason but the point is that you are simply used to seeing it, using it and storing it in that tiny little space beside the other cups that is just reserved for it. 

4. Having a collection of mugs:

I am a little obsessed with coffee mugs and happen to have a private collection of them. Raise your hand if you're in my team.

5.Coffee Coffee Everywhere:

From coffee ice cream and coffee flavored toffees to coffee flavored biscuits and that new coffee in the newest coffee place in that far corner of some street... everything and anything goes. If its about coffee, just count us in.

6. Can live without love, cannot survive without coffee:

It is one mantra worth a lifetime of experience and you know it. Coffee always loves you back and living a life without coffee is simply not an existence worth trying. You have theories and philosophies about coffee that are in any case undeniable. 
  • Coffee equals great productivity.
  • Coffee makes me happy.
  • Coffee is my companion.
  • Coffee makes me nicer.
And more....way more. Loving coffee is love in its purest and truest forms. We may take our coffee in so many different ways but all that matters, even at the end of the day after all that tiring and stressful work, is coming back to that mug of coffee. And then tomorrow comes...

An Ode to Loreto: My Alma Mater

For as long as I remember, I have changed schools and met new people. It was fun for a while to change lives back and forth... until it w...