There are thousands of thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen and writes.

                                            -   William Makepeace Thackeray

Because of your uniqueness, you have your own set of experiences/ judgments in response to outer happenings in the world. They need to be constantly channelized in the form of writing.  If you go untapped those creative thoughts, they get buried inside you .

Experts say that to write, your inner environment must be serene. William Zinsser says that ' writing is thinking on paper'. In fact all your experiences become a distilled wisdom and settle in a retrievable place and  you must inculcate the habit of choosing the right ones in the right time.  I personally feel that writing helps to  integrate your creative right brain with logical left brain. One great man sagely advises to exercise the writing muscle everyday even if it is only a letter, note, a title list, a character sketch or a journal entry. He further says that writers are like dancers, athletes and without that exercise, the muscles can not be strengthened.

To become a writer means, you need to be an avid reader. One essential element for good writing is to give a lending  ear and one must also listen to the sounds of one's own prose. Peggy Teeters says that the only way to learn to write is to write.

Honing writing skills is a painstaking job.  More word power means more fire power. If you are armed with less vocabulary, it means you are poorer by expression which may not help in improving your writing skills to  rivet the readers .

James F. Stephan gives a tip here : " originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself".  To write means to have a patience. The written prose is vulnerable to constant editing as new ideas continue to flow in the mind.    As the mind is a factory of ideas, every time when I sit for writing, a new wave of thought sweeps through and a natural editing of written lines happens.

The writing ability severely batters when the family atmosphere is not conducive. So you must be careful to have harmonious relations. Economy of words is another secret of writing. Thomas Jefferson says that the most valuable of all talents is   “never using two words when one will do.” L.P. Hartley advises that it is better to write about things you feel than about things you know about. Eugene Lonesco has made the task cut out for a writer " A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.”

Personality Development Guru Robin Sharma says that "Maintaining a daily journal is one of the best personal growth initiatives you will ever take.” He further says that “it offers you the opportunity to have regular one-to-one conversations with yourself.”  You may not become a professional writer,  but  in between your hectic professional life, writing on chosen subject with your insights help others benefit from your writing.  That's why Robin Sharma asks to write as little as 15 minutes daily in a private journal which can improve health, functioning of your immune system and above all your overall attitude.

Dr. Deepak Chopra, the famous Indian American doctor and also a prolific writer  once replied that he is neurotic and compulsive about writing.    

The success stories of writers is endless. Chetan Bhagat, the youth writer who shot into fame with his first English novel “Five Point Someone’   is an IITian with - management degree from IIM . He left his job  as an investment banker in a multi-national company to settle as writer and the rest is history. The New York Times called Bhagat 'the biggest selling English language novelist in India's history". Time magazine named him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world.

Writing is such an enticing act that  transports the ideas of writer to the succeeding generations.

To wrap up in the words of Harlan Ellison "writing is the hardest work in the world. Lonelier, and nobler and more enriching !!

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