“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” ~ E. L. Doctorow
Back in my school days, I remember envying kids who came to class visibly cool and composed just before a test. I, on the other hand, was a nervous wreck; worried, apprehensive and unsure of myself. No matter how hard I tried, I found myself wrapped in self-doubt with dreadful possibilities stealing my composure and peace of mind;
What if I forget everything I’ve studied? What if I write too slow and can’t complete the test?
Needless to say, I dreaded exam days and hoped one day, I would never have to write a test again!
Despite my nerves, before and during those excruciating exam hours, I would invariably find myself calm, confident and relaxed as I attempted questions requiring self-expression and forethought. Writing essays in English and Hindi was especially enjoyable, and it didn’t feel like such a compulsion after all.
In college too, presenting my views and thoughts using the written word came in handy, as I studied Advertising and Marketing. I loved expressing my opinions on topics such as “Is Advertising a bane or a boon”, “The Importance of Public Service Advertising”, etc.
Writing got me going. It gave me a unique voice and instilled in me confidence, hope and positivity.
With time, my rendezvous with writing blossomed into a full-time career as a freelance content writer. I had learned how to contain my nervous energies and turn them around into building something that was meaningful, unique and immensely satisfying.
Today, I am lucky to pursue a career that makes me happy, fills me with exuberance and puts a smile on my face, everyday. In a span of ten years, I’ve worked with numerous Indian and International clients, and the experience has been nothing short of fantastic.
As I work on diverse content writing / copy-writing projects, and meet deadlines, I am happy to exercise professionalism, clarity of thought and self-expression.
There are no more tests to fear, no nervous energy to deal with as every new writing job is a happy possibility, a blank canvas to fill with the power of words!
Writing this post has given me a delightful opportunity to recount the days gone by and appreciate the positive influence of writing in my life for as long as I can remember.
Do you feel invigorated and happy when you write? Tell me about your experiences in the comments section below!
This post was written to participate in a Writing Contest