I must admit, I’m kinda late to Medium. And I wish I had joined it sooner. A very good friend of mine recommended it to me. Mostly to follow tech blogs, because I’m a techie. He told — “Dude, all the cool tech writings are on Medium”. So I finally created an account. During the process, I discovered all these other cool tags which got me really interested, so subscribed to them as well. And now I read more non-tech articles than tech articles.
Lately I’ve been spending more time on Medium than Facebook or Twitter. And it’s a good thing, right? Of-course it is. Got me addicted! I read such awesome articles every-day; awestruck by people here, their insights on things like startups (I work in a startup, so it’s really helpful), on psychology, on emotions, thoughts and feelings, on every day life…and also on writing.
And thought got me thinking — I’ve been reading my whole life, why not try to write? It seems fun. Seems creative, something totally different from my day job. I gave it a lot of thought. And kept thinking and thinking about writing for days, but never really got to it. And that’s precisely the problem. Sometimes, we just keep thinking about stuffs without actually acting on them.
Anyway, I decided one day to first do some reading on how other writers do it — how they manage be so creative every single day. For the next one week, I just kept reading stuffs related to writing.
There’s been some really helpful articles on Medium on how amateurs like me could begin to write and hopefully one day can write well too. And they have some really helpful tips, tips that I’ve been trying out for couple of weeks. I’ve bookmarked some of these, which I’ll share here —
Well, I have all the necessary ingredients to get started with. The desire to write (this is kind of important, so if you don’t have it then don’t even bother), the techniques to develop a writing habit, and some inspiration as well. So, I got started!
I combined all the techniques described in the articles that I shared, adding some of my own as well. And I’m gonna describe everything that I did, step by step —
Kept repeating that… for the next two weeks. And I was enjoying the process…a lot! I also made few sections to my Spark File, like -
At this point, I’ve written about 10 articles. The last one has three paragraphs, and the effort it takes to write seems to be getting lesser and lesser everyday. I’m really enjoying the process!
To try something new, perhaps? It’s been so long since I’ve done anything creative — my job requires me to use my thinking and logical skills more than anything else. I needed a change in my routine, I felt the need to try out something different, something I’ve never done before. And this shift in thinking, from being logical to trying to be creative…it feels quite refreshing. After all, variety is the spice of life, isn’t it?
So, I’m gonna continue with this little experiment. And see how it turns out. Will this grow into something big? Will I become popular? Will I get better at writing? Will I even write everyday? I don’t know! It doesn’t matter how many people read this — because this is one of those things that you do because you want to do, because you enjoy it… and someday when you look back, you won’t think — what if I had just given it a shot?
I love watching movies. I mean, good movies. Some of their titles are pretty great. I’m pretty sure you would have guessed from where I derived the name, but in case you haven’t — the movie is called Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It’s a great movie, so if you haven’t watched it, then do watch it!
My mind is not spotless. It’s messy. The thoughts and emotions that come, the moments of creativity, imagination and clarity are not eternal; they fade away. Hence I find the need to pen them down. Or type. And that’s what this publication will be about.
I plan to continue writing in my spark file, and every once in a while when I find some gold in the garbage, I’ll be posting it! I’ll try to write on different subjects — on things like emotions, on the startup life, I might give a try on satire as well.