Blogging in age of snapchats…

Trivia :

Guess the size of Tibet ?

5 time that of Singapore

Some small state in India…

Other day Seth Godin was reminiscing why he did not join twitter and rather stuck to his blog writing. It seems to be a true in certain sense that social media has ruined sense of writing. And not going further it certainly seems to be the case with me. Posting pictures on instagram or sharing posts on facebook , probably quenches the thirst for writing.

If you are reading this , I assume you are still sucker for blogs, and would like to read more than 150 words of twitter or some shared photos on facebook.

In same podcast[1], Godin told about Neil Gaiman method to write, he bores himself to death, and thats when words start flowing. So as it usually happens deleted all social media apps, yet again. Let the detox begin ! 

Only yesterday publisher called up, umpteen times. Not from their usual UK number, but somewhere from new Zealand. I took the bait seeing someone calling from New Zealand, and excused myself for still writing that book i mentioned 4 august 2016. That’s eight months of postponing. Hmmm, make me sad in a certain sense.

Talking of Gaiman , so finally finished American Gods [2], after almost 2 yrs, so ideally now I should be jumping to his next book rather than reading “A mountain in Tibet” by Charles Allen.[3]  But since folks back home are venturing for kailash trek makes some sense to do r&d on Tibet.

Trivia answer

So Tibet is 2.5million sq kms area, almost 1/3rd size of India, that HUGE !! 

[1] http://tim.blog/2016/02/10/seth-godin/

[2] https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30165203-american-gods

[3] http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1571415.A_Mountain_In_Tibet

The art of writing

WHEN TO WRITE


1) When ill, but not very ill

this apparently is a good phase/time. You have been ill for two days, with innocuous cold, or fever, and you are incuperating. What better time to write. You have been in touch with your sub conscience, and all that hours of churning and thinking, will now ooze into thick byproduct. (as it is happening right now 😉

2) When at vacation

This is also excellent time, especially if you are at sea-side, or lofty hills. Nature works on your right brain in strange ways. Didn’t Wordsworth had his epiphany next to tintern abbey. Period.

3) When travelling

Be it in bus, train or air, its all fine if you are the one not driving.  The new places, new panorama provides with ample opportunity

4) Some awesome read

Its usually when you are reading some great work, and it hits you all of sudden, damn it, I can also write, I have to write. And lo, you are on !

5) Late night, in wee hours of morning

Usually happens when your aim is a night out, after 3 most of the world in your part is asleep, except you. That is a strange yet strong feeling, you feel like you are the one, the chosen one, the enabled one.

6) When not in love

It is like the Juliet missing romeo, even before she met him. Its pretty ideal situation, your imagine love, and your imagination is your ink.

7) When in love

Now do I really need to elaborate this. Best time to write poetries, love letters mate.


8) When out of love

This is also a strategic time, your are brimming with feelings. You have memories, and you don’t know what do with them, Jot them down. Simple


9) When making love

Well…well..well…really, you want to?


10) When Nostalgic

Nostalgia for homeland, nostalgia for someone. Wipe that heavy nostalgia off your face, and paint your words with it.

11) When Lonely

It is must, you do not need any personal chatter to break your chain of thoughts. Believe me it is pretty brittle and fragile. One small chit-chat, and you have lost it.

12) When you got epiphany

Ask Gautama Buddha 😛

WHEN NOT TO WRITE 

1) When intoxicated/high

Contrary to popular believes, writing your thought when you are high does not works for me. It always seems an excellent idea to do so, but next morning either the writing in unintelligible, or the word doc is pathetic and incoherent, with some new unheard words.

2)  When extremely happy

Again this being the crest phase, I do not feel at all like grabbing a notebook and writing something. You can of course jot down later whenever it pleases you.

3)  When extremely sad/angry

This can be a tempting time, but again the output is more like spew of anger or sentences of self-loathing or self depreciation. Writers discretion is advised.

4) When not alone

This one is fairly simple, unless you have trained your mind this kind of multitasking- whereby you can chat-chat-chat and also write-write-write.

 

WHERE

1) In office, weekday blues

Take out small ten minute out of schedule if you can, and key them on microsoft outlook.

2) Coffee/Breakfast Table @cafes

It serves as one of the best place to jot down. There is whole live film going in front of you. Ask JK Rowling

Paraphernalia for writing

i)                    Table lamp

ii)                   Fountain pen

iii)                 White crisp paper in notebook

iv)                 If not #(iii), then awesome keyboard, big screen, fully charged, light notebook

v)                  Suitable music, preferably with no lyrics

vi)                 Typewriter , oh boy !!

PS: the writing mentioned above, is not writing paid blogs, or tech blogs, or startup blogs. It also does not includes writing notes that teachers forced us to take, or writing technical conference papers on some abstruse topics.

Secondary writers

Now plight of writers these days is pitiful(may be its a strong word), before you start chiding me, I am talking of secondary writers. The ones who have designated writing as their secondary hobby, (which also includes me). Usually I go through some of their blogs, and it resonates with self-plight, their moods,  inability of this world, ‘ the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men’. Yet what shines through these words is a heroic attempt to keep the fire on. As one of my friend quotes in his blog, “I do not want to give a new dimension to this voice, rather the attempt is only to keep voice alive”. He writes beautiful poems in hindi, and we have a promise whereby someday we will be publishing our anthology of poems, in hindi and english. Say amen !

The other one is a mathematician, who writes coherently and metaphorically. But he choose a social news site which was launched in late 2006 over this, and now is lost in his own world of memes and rage comics. He moves around asking “when does Narhwal bacon, in an attempt to acquaint someone from his cabal. The other one is a physicist with a hobby of writing screenplay, but the demands of  Physics are high, and writing takes a back seat. Yet it is inspiring to know he takes time out to play Lux Aeterna, and rather  plays it very well.

Nonetheless as I said they attempt ‘to keep the voice alive’. Yet sometimes it pains me, knowing that the left brain has overpowered its counterpart.

“I am the left brain.I am a scientist. A mathematician. I am accurate.Linear. Strategic.I am always in control…”

“I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion…”

 

So then it essentially boils down to right brain vs left brain. So now I am thinking of changing the title from “plight of bloggers” to “right vs left brain”. But the struggle is a splendid, and why it couldnt be a cooperation rather than a struggle. There, there ! words do not flow with an empty stomach. So I will sign off. <Secondary writer, huh?>

PS : worth mentions

http://sparshturaga.wordpress.com

http://bekhaufranjan.blogspot.com/

http://everhostile.blogspot.com/

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