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About Writing

What writers get asked about apart from the question why they started writing is where they write. Some, like Roald Dahl, preferred to write in their cabins, built some distance away from their homes, while maintaining a strict writing schedule.He had a routine where he would write  for a fixed time everyday, on the same type of pad and using the same type of pencils.  Stephen King stresses about the importance of having a quiet writing place in his book ‘On Writing.’  He says,“Write with the door closed; rewrite with the door open.” He also stresses on the point of writing every single day, without fail.

From the examples of these two writers and that of many others that I have read either in newspapers or magazine articles over the years, I have realised that writing demands patience and perseverance. For me,when I decide to write something, (and I am not a professional writer per se, just someone who likes to write), I usually go to my room, close the door,sit at my table,open my laptop, set the timer to 30 minutes or an hour depending on what I am writing and then just let my fingers fly for that stipulated time period on the keyboard. This fact is stressed upon by most creative writers:to set a timer and not stop writing, even if what one is writing may feel gibberish at that point. Once we have written for the given 30 minutes or so, we can easily go back and edit the piece, though as Issac Asimov said, we will find that we do not need to edit as much.

The writing place has a very important place in the writer’s toolbox. It helps to set a mood for writing. Once you sit down at that place for your work, you know that you need to get serious and just write. So when you decide to write, choose a quiet corner in your home or any other place where you know that you will not be disturbed and then make it your working area. As time goes by, and with enough patience, you will find yourself churning out those words with relative ease.



I am a researcher by day and an avid reader at night. Interested in short stories, travelling and classical music.

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