Wednesday, 23 July 2008

practice makes pleasure profitable

What do the three P’s of writing…practice, pleasure, profit…mean in your writing life?

As I mentioned here sometime back, writing happened to me by chance. Once I started it, I have not looked back. It kind of sustains me. At times I have this compulsion to put on paper all of my thoughts. As if someone is pushing me to do it. As with any other thing, writing too gets better with practice. One has to avoid cliches or it tends to get jaded. It has to have class!

Most of of what I write is for my own pleasure. Many a times I feel elated after a piece of writing. Sometimes it simply forms within the recesses of my mind. At others I have to struggle. For the past two weeks, I have been kind of in a downward slide. Words are there but they don't come out. It can be explained as the state of aphasia. Emotions tend to make me feel that way. It is a sticky situation. And I have to get out of it.

I have not as yet thought of making profit out of what I write. Poetry has no takers other than the blog world. I have thought of writing short stories and novels but I don't have the patience! Poetry comes easy. As I said, the words form in my mind and I write those down. As if in a trance. Does that make sense?


  1. The best things happen by chance

    I'm sure that one day you will want to and will write for profit

    It is a compulsion and one that I usually love

    I don't think it's a state of aphasia as much as you have learned much in a relatively short period of time and your mind is taking it all in and someday soon it will come spilling out again

    You have also moved and begun the school year again I think--moving is supposed to be the biggest stumbling block to writing. More than a loss such as death or divorce and when I think about it, that makes sense

    Writing can be cathartic after a loss but not during or recently after a move

  2. Sometimes even the most enjoyable things tarnish - temporarily. And profit is sometimes overrated. But, what do I know?

  3. Knowing that the words are there, but struggling to come out, is frustrating. I think anyone who writes can relate to going through that experience sometimes. Sometimes our creative minds are like plants- they go through a bit of a dormant period and then bloom again beautifully.

    The fact that your newfound writing practice has brought you such pleasure makes me feel sure that you will find the words coming back to you again very soon.

  4. Relax. You 're feeling caught in the 'clutch' because you're shifting gears.

    I couldn't imagine getting paid to write..seems too could you get paid to do something that you need and love to do?
    How is that even possible?

  5. What you say makes perfect sense. One other point. Among my mountain of rejections numbering over a thousand, there were also the occasional successes, including two books and a number of articles in newsstand magazines.
    Whilst the financial reward was enjoyable, the writing was not. When you have to write to fit a market instead of yourself, I think it loses something.
    I wish publishers would realise this, and return to true creative writing - the kind that produced so many classics of the past.

  6. It's what turns you on Gautami, that's what you need to write. Compulsions aren't always bad or scary.



  7. I think the important thing is you're getting back out there again :)

    And... you can make money off poetry. There are a lot of poetry writing competitions, and magazines that accept poetry submissions. Hard work, for sure, but you could definitely give it a whirl if that's what you're considering.

  8. isn't that how writing starts? words comes out of nowhere but I don't question their origin, not really, however they come, you sure know how to use your words well

  9. I think your poetry will help elighten your prose and your novels to come

  10. For me words come and go. Sometimes I'm delighted by my posts and other times I seriously consider deleting them. Curiously some pieces that I am really not happy with attract the most flattering comments. Odd!

  11. Make ya hobby ya work
    and enjoy it all!

  12. Good luck to you with all your writing. Just do what you like the most whether it be the poems or short stories.

  13. You can join me writing one short story a week, posting on Saturday give or take a day or two. We will write, make a hard copy for one whole year. Then we will see what we have. Who knows. If we don't we will be one year older anyway!


  14. You make great sense ... your individuality shines ;)

  15. This totally makes sense to me.

    I think I have the practice and pleasure parts I need to do something about the profit part.


  16. this certanly makes sense to me

  17. GT, oh yes, it makes sense that your writing points directly to poetry. Honestly, poets are so fortunate, able to tell stories in mere lines. It's an art, an instinct and one you should continue to nurture. And if, by chance, a book mood hits you, go with it.