Why do you write? 8 signs to tell you are cut out for creative writing
Answering this question is not easy or straightforward. In fact, most people who write regularly no longer look for an answer, as they feel writing is part of who they are. So, the question is almost like why do you eat, why do you sleep or why do you breathe.
But what about those who are starting out? How do you know if you are really cut out to do creative writing?
Are you motivated enough for the long run?
What are some of your motivating factors?
Here are a 8 signs that can indicate if you too are cut out for doing creative writing, assimilated thoughts by some of our contributors to the anthology.
- “The world outside my mind seems chaotic. Writing helps me figure it out”. Says Stuti Chandra. She began writing when in school and the first essay she remembers writing, was so appreciated by her English teacher that the teacher still remembers her & has safely preserved that piece with him!
2. I can be anyone when I write. I live through my characters and do the things I always wanted to do in real life. Being born a Punjabi, Amit Nangia was always known for cooking up stories since his childhood. Who knew it would become his passion as he grew up !
3. Fiction is mostly a sort of escapism for me, one where you can find reflections of yourself or different emotions and ideas that reveal themselves in mirrors that tell different stories and these stories need to be told. And you just end up doing that job. Says young and vivacious Upasana Bhattacharjee.
4. There was a phase when I used to be down quite frequently. Writing helped me a lot. In fact, whenever I wrote anything I was satisfied with, I felt a rush of adrenaline that did wonders to my morale. It became more of an addiction when I felt low. Then it grew on me – Abhishek Mukherjee.
5. I enjoy the process of storytelling and normally would resort to narrating my bloopers and blemishes to my colleagues and relatives. I imagined the story ‘The Dominant Position Reversal’ while studying the ‘Competition Act’ for my CA Final exams (which I am yet to clear) – Arijit Ghose
6. I write because I’ve no choice. At odd times, there are voices in my head. And when they get loud enough, I’ve to pour them out on paper. ~ Tnashin Garg
7. I collect characters from the people I meet. The labourer sitting on the street marred by silver paint might end up in a story with an American professor who dresses in drag – Uttiya Roy
8. I write because I enjoy writing. No, I do not have stories brimming inside me. But when I start writing the stories happen – Diptee Raut
Can you relate to these? We are doing one more article around short stories and guess what, we have recently published an anthology which has 14 stellar short stories by these authors. First Brush on the Canvas is now available on Amazon, Flipkart and Kindle.