You Are Nothing Until You Begin Again

The discovery that wanting to write is not the same as being perceptive of words.

You should know that I fumbled for a good 10 minutes finding the right words to suit the idea of this article. It’s certainly not easy to write when you’re struggling with stress and anxiety. Navigating the world of well-deciphered sentences alongside the scare of being labeled uninspired is challenging. But in hindsight, this fear bodes well with the objective of wanting to write and participating in the spectacle of poetic grammar that I’m so passionately fond of.

I must have written less than 50 articles, for myself, in my 21 years of living. Maybe 20 or 30. Even though I write more than my fair share as a freelance content writer, I never once understood the urge to keep on writing, for myself, daily. When the words came to me, I set out to either type my thoughts down on a blank document staring right through my fears or handwrite a scribbled and haphazard draft in a notebook. Saying it wasn’t easy for me to do this daily might sound like I’m defeating the entire purpose of wanting to write in the first place. However, it wasn’t simple. At the time, when I just started writing for myself, I was torn between my ability to write and my ability to think clearly.

How the grief and frustration in my life taught me to stop and take a breather, it also hampered with my crispness in translation and focus in execution. On most days, it interrupted my reflective state, while on some days I felt well-absorbed in my frame of mind to compose. The constant struggle emptied out all my thoughtful thoughts and weakened my sense of perceptiveness, not in understanding, but for the translation of thoughts on paper or in print.

To write, to read, and to create is necessary. All else is distraction.

In the midst of struggling with such deep feelings and emotions, I rarely composed articles that met my expectations. And when I did write such a piece, I sighed in relief and was well-pleased with my efforts in doing so. But that rush of positivity lasted for a short time bringing back the guilt of an unfinished goal. Until weeks later I decided to pen down another. This cycle kept persevering for months on end, and a result I failed to write even a single article in 2017. That was the epitome of me “letting go.” Which, to my surprise, wasn’t how I anticipated it would be.

Such regrets can destroy your self-esteem in ways you wouldn’t imagine. If not controlled, they culminate in inhibitions that eventually start showing face in every aspect of your life only because they’re weakening your ability to write anything. As much as I expected myself to defeat these inhibitions, the solution was to eventually outrun them. And so I’m trying. Instead of spending a long time on the things that I thought really mattered to me, I vow to spend time on things that could. It’s a tough road, but a necessary one. By disconnecting and destroying my past practices, I’m redefining what creation is and meant for.

One of Graham Greene’s quotes come to mind,

“Destruction is a form of creation.”

If you’ve seen Donnie Darko, it’s hard to miss the moment when Donnie says this in a classroom full of young cynics.

My hope may not be to live a better life, but to value self-reflection and to unblur the blurred subject of mind expansion so it’s possible for an ordinary person like me to choose to create something out of the ordinary. I do hope, however, to understand the tricks to outrun restraint and beat the hollowness that comes with feeling inadequate at the recognition of words that have the power to compose the greatest stories. And this is the beginning of the stories I can give you. It is my beginning.

“You are nothing until you decide, over and over, that you must begin again.”

Can We Do Better?

This article is concerned with online reading.

It’s no longer easy to stand one’s ground when it comes to online reading. It’s overwhelming to consume information, day in and out, on several topics. As consumers of the digital world, there isn’t only one topic we’d love to read about. There is plenty. And the list is growing still.

So should we dissipate every ounce of stamina we have left, for each day, to consume whatever tabs we have left open? Or there’s some simpler, less confusing way to read what we read today and remember what we have read the day before?

I wouldn’t go so far as saying that the internet is draining our lives because I may it sound like it’s supposed to happen that way. That our habit of responding to the internet is causing the sheer burdening on our brains. While it’s also taking away our social hustle and bustle. It’s now become easier to respond to a comment or article online than it is to reply, via message, to friends and family.

The truth is that we’re letting such godawful things happen to us. And there’s a possibility we aren’t even noticing it. Shrugging it off by believing it’s indifference or contemplation in society.

What role does online reading play on these protocols? It’s quite clear to me, even though it’s not the whole picture. Deciphering the paradigm of online reading down to its last bits is impossible because the existence of it depends on the lives of millions of people worldwide. People have been welcoming and responding to all kinds of information; whether positive or negative, valuable or redundant, accurate or red herring. And it’s because of this movement that we are now throw off guard with so much to read and so much to like and dislike on the web.

The result of such behavior is a sort of disconnect we have with the outside world. While we have become a part of the technology, we are slowing plucking little pieces of it and keeping it for ourselves. A thing like this soon escalates into a habit, a behavior, and later into an invulnerable personality.

Living independently isn’t an option anymore. It’s practically non-existent. The freedom to read, learn, and grow is definitely empowering. But the idea that such a lifestyle holds the license to self-discovery and individuality is horribly, horribly wrong.

Online reading is like an empty parking lot. It’s not your responsibility to fill up the empty spaces, but because you cannot comprehend its emptiness that you decide to show up with all sorts of puzzling pieces of information that aren’t worthy enough to influence your way of thinking.

Collectibles, of any kind, digital or materially-bound, need to have value. So adopting versatile strategies to create a sort of enclave of genuine and unfiltered information is the only way to straighten the little we can of our mystifying digital presence.

Am I The Rational Creative?

Can one mistake hinder all of your creative impulse and ambition? What kind of mistake would that be? Where does the power to recuperate its backlash come from?

These are the sort of questions most creatives are compelled to answer. Whether they work in creative agencies. Or even as freelance writers or freelance illustrators. We’re so comfortable to answer questions within our framework, we lose sight of the real trouble at hand.

What I’m talking about here is the value of ideas, in general. As a content writer, I often find myself inspiring action, but to what extent, I cannot comprehend. A mistake reveals my insecurities. My flight or fight response gets activated. Should I do another or make my current fault flawless? It’s a constant maze that makes me smile, cry, scream, and wonder.

“You must not let it hinder your creative flow”, my power of creativity tells me.

I’ve predetermined my powers on the basis of the kind of knowledge I acquire by reading and lots of reading. It’s not something I’m afraid to pursue, acquiring knowledge through articles and videos I mean. Especially when social interaction is one of the most effective and productive ways to increase knowledge. My story is a bit different.

The clear perspective of my life is my inevitable approach to redefining the subject of creativity. The power that unpredictably puzzles me into the fear of never moving forward. Remaining stagnant is never a good thing. And why shouldn’t it be?

Everywhere you look, the abstraction of objects, behavior, and experiences never remain as they were when they took form. Well, it’s simple to imply that the biggest mistake occurs when you stop at either nothing or everything. That means when you don’t learn at all. What’s next?

What we don’t say to each other is the inevitable experience of trying too hard. Trying too hard to stay informed, to remain fresh with ideas, and to be unpredictable. Our behavior takes form of that functional and, sometimes, too overwhelming brain we carry around. It’s not easy. But it doesn’t feel so difficult either.

That’s to say that nothing really kills creativity apart from the fundamental hypothesis of substance abuse, idleness, and lack of information flow in our heads. If we don’t read, we listen to music, if we don’t do that, we have something that we constantly feed our brains with to remain creative. Never let that creative juice stop. It’s a firm decree.

So, am I the rational creative?

The work we do is intended to strike a response. Any handy piece of advice is considered wisdom or crap. There’s no telling of success or failure because both are building blocks. A temporary state of inspiration is often filled with new ideas and conversations, but how?

The concept of delivering more when it’s demanded is simple. But in that process, we’re losing our social production quality of life. That means, content is becoming more ambiguous and those on the other side of the screen, the ones reading that content and inspiring action like it’s a never-ending spectrum, are contradicting.

It’s bewildering who’s the creator and who’s the consumer. Are you both? Of course, you are. But when are you taking the form of one while trampling on the other?

5 Ways Writers Choose To Stress Themselves Out

You’d think that I’m for misery and pain. I’m not here to express sympathy to myself and other writers for feeling this way. In fact, I’m agitated that we do this to ourselves every minute of our lives, for as long as we function as word stitchers. The feeling of angst isn’t enough that we make ourselves, intentionally, take a bite of the poisonous apple when we know it’s bound to kill us all.

The known perception of a writer is tied up to terms like pain, torment, madness, and sometimes even obsessiveness. Why? Why does the artist have to always be the tortured artist in order to write? It’s time I brought to light the 5 trivial ways writers stress themselves out. If I had the solution, that would be my opening line, but unfortunately, I don’t. As a writer, these are my personal possessions that I will carry with me forever.

Some may have an obvious solution, in reality, all do but as writers, you’d expect us to follow them, right? Wrong! We don’t. We add finishing touches to our misery and here are the 5 ways we do them.

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Setting Way Too Many Unrealistic Goals

It’s almost as if we don’t want to achieve them, from the very beginning.

Working With Too Many Ideas At Once

So many ideas, so little time.

Overthinking New Ideas Until They’re Completely Beat

“I’m rethinking what I thought about the idea I thought about last night.”

Measuring Amount Of Work Done To Self-Worth

We can’t accept the possibility of a “tomorrow”. If nothing happens today, it never will.

Creating Ill-Timed And Lopsided Writing Conditions

Pieces by pieces, we write. Brainstorming on our way to work in the morning and writing a new piece while lunching.

How many of these do you resonate with? And what do you do to take your mind off of it?

Being a writer doesn’t have to be a painful thing, not most of the time anyway. Let’s put a final end to this misery and practice what we chose to preach. Something being hard is as important as it being easy, we just have to learn to deal with it. If we keep ourselves bogged down with such boondoggle, we won’t ever improve as writers. Even though these thoughts will always remain with me, I write, read, and converse with the universe persistently, to get a productive day out. Nothing is worse than not dealing with the stress you’ve caused for yourself. And despite all my efforts, I’ll always be a victim to these self-made thoughts, but I strive to improve my writing by learning something about something, forever. 

 

Doing Writing The Right Way

If you know anything about writing, you’d say that anybody can write, but not everyone can become a writer. That’s true. That’s what I said when I had just started off writing 500 to 1000 word articles for many clients on a weekly contract. They’d give me a specific keyword and I had to research about that particular keyword and write according to a specific technique or format. Now you’d say that anybody can do that, right? As far as technical and research writing goes, with correct technique and know-how, anyone can curate an article centered on a specific keyword. But what most can’t achieve is the technique to wickedly transform facts and feedback into first-person knowledge and review. This is something that has taken me more than a year to understand and master. I’ve not yet mastered it completely, that is something that happens with experience and the better readability of material. For bloggers only, writing is like being the same person as you, day in and day out, but for those juggling between different genres of writing, can really talk to you about doing writing the right way. That’s me.

As a freelance content writer, I am responsible for curating different types or forms of articles for my clients. Some may be extremely technical while some allow me to write with the flow, obviously based on the keyword or idea I’ve been given. So, over time, I’ve developed the skill to mold the way information is written elsewhere to curate 100% original and engaging content for my clients. The quality and “interestingness” of an article is indifferent to every genre of writing. If the article is mundane and insensitive (not quite literally), your client or even your critical self would think that it’s machine-made.

Here’s something that doesn’t come easy on anyone, especially when they’re a writer: providing actionable content that reaches the level of its readers without they even knowing who and where the reader is. That’s called taking a plain shot in the dark? I don’t think so. That’s the drive of any writer. That’s what writers do. They convince and convert.

What can you do to create actionable and interesting content that will put your work in the right position to succeed? These strategies may have a slow effect on your writing, but, in the long run, they will definitely help you as they did me.

I’m confident that, with this article, you will get that push towards establishing a good writing background, while creating a space for yourself to write more efficiently in the future. The future starts today if you really think about it, and every next minute is the future and the only thing you can do is embrace and enhance it.

 

FIND CONTENT AND MAKE IT BETTER

A problem that every beginner faces is finding worthy content ideas and curating an article that works for them. To make an article work, for you, it must be share-worthy, praise-worthy, and reach-worthy. These 3 words have ruined some of the many talented writers into thinking that writing isn’t for them. The first step towards conquering that fear or cluttering is to make note of the best content/articles in your area of interest. This can be fashion, gadgets, philosophy, gaming, etc. This is when you accept the challenge to write better and more often than before. This is also where you’ll be able to learn how other writers are curating their most famous and shared content and why it is still thriving as far as engagement is concerned. It’s motive enough that you’re sitting to write that you will gain some ideas (better ones, even) and you’ll want to either read more into that idea and then write, from your perspective and knowledge, about it. Because now you know what’s working and why and the fact that you have ideas to make it better is enough to get your work in front of interested and engaging readers online.

That’s it. You don’t have to hate writing anymore. You’ve conquered your fear of feeling clueless when it comes to content ideas and creation.

BE YOUR OWN EDITOR

How can you be your own editor when it’s you who’s writing the final draft? You won’t understand how your content is structured unless you’ve used an editor app to enhance it or pick out errors in the sentences. Making use of the Hemingway App or the Grammarly App allows writers to take full advantage of their content to see where they’ve lost their track or where they’ve made a sentence too long or too complex to grasp. Once you’ve checked your article through one of these apps, you can then know, for sure, whether your content structure is good, average, or needs improvement. As improved as your article is when you hit publish, you should know that there’s still always room for improvement. So, with the help of an editor, you get a step closer to being a good writer and a good editor.

MAKE YOUR CONTENT USEFUL

You might want to focus on factual information or even perspective, but making an article useful is one of the greatest challenges for some writers, regardless of the content they’re creating. Everyone has the ability of writing, but that doesn’t mean that this ability to produce words can mean anything unless it’s from either experiences or expertise that moves people. The only way you can affect a reader is by providing useful content. That doesn’t mean tips, how-to articles, and such similarly crafted genres. Usefulness means the ability to produce material of value that helps the reader grow, in some way. This means that you’re giving away words of value at no cost, and the person reading it is receiving an incentive at none either. There is usefulness in the shortest piece of content, and that’s how you do writing the right way, all the time.

If your desire is to build a solid platform to influence people on a topic, your job is to craft your expertise, personality, and behavior towards growth and better word placement. Do you have any that I haven’t tried, yet? Let me know in the comments below about some of your experienced strategies to write the right way.