Zero to Hero: Day 3

Thought I should start the new year by making an experimental move on a big writing challenge. This is my attempt to write up on the third day’s assignment to start off the Zero to Hero challenge! The first two assignments are pretty much summarized in my About page.

DAY 3: WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?

Today’s assignment: write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog.

I’ve had this blog for slightly more than one and a half years now (September ’12). But I only consider myself  to have started blogging consistently early last year when I was having my internship.

I didn’t have a positive outlook when I first decided to blog. It was more of getting the negative thoughts out of my mind and the only way was to write about it – sieve the thoughts through words and hoping that the negativity will eventually waft away on its own over time. There was is no use talking to anybody about how you feel about yourself. The kind of advice you read in self-help books and Google only makes you feel even worst off when they only work on the people who face similar self-esteem problems as you do, but just not on you.

The spur moments that got me writing happen only when I feel sad or frustrated about myself. Putting down my thoughts in black and white allows me to become aware of my problems. They don’t scare me as much as before the next time I face them because I know that they’re already there, for the longest time I can remember when I blogged about it. It just takes time to overcome those, a long while. Music and writing got me past that phase. Presently, I feel differently about blogging, compared first time I blogged. The more I blog, the more I feel like a writer. The imaginary bubble that sustains my self-worth. Blogging is the closest thing I can do to feel like one, apart from writing letters. It feels nice to write even when I am clear that I can’t write as well as the other bloggers I’ve followed here.

Words and language are the most amazing inventions which ever came into this world. We read them in books and indulge in the lives of others – which we, or just myself, will probably never be able to experience them in real-life. Sometimes, we don’t prefer to be ourselves. We just want to stay in the shoes of others and live their lives, experience what it feels like to have their courage and dignity. The brilliance of the writers to craft art out of his only tool: words. We pen them down on paper and they could express so much more than what one’s lips can say.

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4 thoughts on “Zero to Hero: Day 3

  1. I am glad that your view on blogging has changed. i know it can be used to vent out anger by furiously typing away. But can also be used to connect to people who are like minded and you can relate to.
    have a good day.

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    • Thank you, I do appreciate that. I understand that writing shouldn’t be dependable purely on one’s emotions. In fact, there’re plenty of incentives to get one to write. It became my passion all over again and along the way, I’m really grateful to have met many bloggers who have been very encouraging about that. Thank you once again, a great day to you as well 🙂

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  2. Have you ever read Stephen King’s “On Writing?” Your entry echos pretty much what he says every writer should do with their writing, and what makes a “good” writer. You might find it interesting, even if you don’t like any of his other works.

    And you’re right, words and language are awesome. ^_^

    I’m also starting to blog to bring back my muse (among other things). I wrote every day once upon a time, but now I can’t call the stories to me with chocolates and wine. They just won’t come. Hopefully, the act of blogging will unlock the doors in my mind that’s keeping them at bay. Good luck to you.

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    • I haven’t read the book, but I’ll surely check it out! Thanks for the recommendation!

      I find it really difficult to pen down stories / poems now as compared to the past. Like what you say, hopefully blogging is a start to get us writing all those again.

      Thank you for your encouragement! I wish you good luck in your writing too and I’ll be looking forward to read your blog!

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