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Writing 101, Day One: Unlock the Mind

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Writing 101, Day One: Unlock the Mind– To get started, let’s loosen up. Let’s unlock the mind. Today, take twenty minutes to free write. And don’t think about what you’ll write. Just write.


You write because you have an idea in your mind that feels so genuine, so important, so true. And yet, by the time this idea passes through the different filters of your mind, and into your hand, and onto the page or computer screen — it becomes distorted, and it’s been diminished. The writing you end up with is an approximation, if you’re lucky, of whatever it was you really wanted to say.

– Author Khaled Hosseini, “How to Write,” theAtlantic


I am sitting in front of computer , my fingers itching to press the keyboard and start writing but my mind say ‘ what new you will write? everyone has written about almost every topic and that too so beautifully, do you think you can write better than them?’

This happens daily and what do i do? I just move on to read other blogs, story challenges or whatever is interesting there. Reading wonderful blogs gives me immense pleasure but at the same time it makes me nervous. My self esteem takes a dip. One more day passes without me even trying .

In fact I procrastinate writing on one pretext or another, as I have more important tasks to complete or there is household work to be done.

Since childhood writing, even in my mother tongue was my minus point. It’s not that ideas were not there but to express them was very difficult for me. Essay writing was  the most difficult job for me. I could never tell stories to my children. I made up for this by reading stories to them.

Then why i started writing a blog one may ask. Actually it was my daughter who not only insisted to open a blog decorated it for me. She told me to write anything that comes to my mind. At first I found it interesting. I tried my hand at many thing, Haiku, short poems and short stories but the was very exhausting for me so I ended up with publishing photographs in photo challenges. It was easy. Now that is also becoming difficult as I am unable to go out and take new photographs.

I am always afraid that everyone will laugh at my writing. I have very limited stock of vocabulary, my English is not up to the mark, all these thoughts make me nervous. Though there are my friends who always try to encourage me and  I am very much thankful to them.

Now I have joined ‘Writing 101, I hope this will help me to reach for my goal.


( Ye.. I have written for 20 minutes whatever came to my mind.)





About Indira

I knew all along that life is about, love, compassion, compatibility and friendship, but now I have discovered that life is also about sharing thought, encouraging others and getting encouraged. So here I am with my blogs about life, friendship, love, and whatever life has taught me.

17 responses »

  1. I really like this and find your slight “accent” that comes through in your writing to be quite charming. Don’t let your fears about your command of the English language stand in your way. I know plenty of native speakers that make no sense at all!


  2. Don’t ever worry about not being good enough. Just write from your heart, that is always the best way. We blog for us, it is an added bonus if others enjoy!! Well done on Day One. Good to get to know you 🙂


  3. You’re a lot braver than you give yourself credit for, Indira.

    Where is the courage of a man seated thousands of miles away in hardened bunkers and pushing buttons – killing millions.

    See the courage in the terrified eyes of the mother who fronts a fearsome beast to defend her child.

    So it is with a writer well versed in language, format and nuances. Admire rather, she who speaks from her heart – as you have done, and so wonderfully too.

    I am but a pretender – you, you mother dear – are real!

    I salute you,


  4. Wonderfully lucid and very honest.

    I think even the great Tulsidas may have had such doubts for he kept procrastinating the write of Sri Ramcharitmanas till he was more than 70 years old. Even then he clarified in the very beginning of the book that what he was writing was solely for his own pleasure – swantasukhai.

    This post made me introspect.


  5. Hi Indira 🙂 I have always loved your writing and your photos, never give up , you are awesome! leaving love and hugs. Autumn


  6. Indira, I have been reading your blog for well over a year. I find it refreshing when you speak about different things. Granted, I started reading it because of your beautiful daughter and her blog, but that doesn’t matter. Please keep writing. You offer, often, nice sentiments when I am in need of them and soft criticisms which never offend.
    I don’t get to read as much as I used to. I am actually busy now, but still I turn to yours as one of my favorites.


  7. Beautifully written.



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