The Importance of seeng things through to the End


As artists, we have the uncanny ability to make a new piece of art from just about anything. We could be seeing a weird man on the street, taking rubbish and Voila! We have a new character to act out. We may see two men standing five steps from the dumpster eating an ice cream who nonchalantly throw the wrappers on the road. That’s a new painting. We listen to a song and there it is! A new character to write a story about. As artists, we tend to get inspired by just about anything we perceive, provided we give it time.
But most of the times, we start and then we throw. We don’t finish. For one of many myriad reasons, such as losing inspiration, or finding it to be too repetitive or clichéd or just seeing it’s too similar to our previous works. And then, we either leave it half complete, or just throw it away, whither one suits the art form.
I’ve done it myself. Ever since I’ve started writing, every time I’ve become disenchanted with a story or the story becomes too boring to write or too demanding or I lose inspiration, it becomes a habit to leave the piece and move onto the next one; rather than scratching out what doesn’t feel good and moving on. For every story I’ve written, I have maybe one or two stories I haven’t completed.
It’s important to see our things through to the end. Not just for the betterment of our art, but for the betterment of ourselves as well.
Whenever we start a piece, we give an unspoken word. So by not finishing the piece, we break our word. And a man is only as good as his word, as many great men in movies and TV shows say.
This carries into our lives as well. There are so many times we tell somebody, “Yeah I’ll do this”, but when the time comes, we laze about and blow it off.
That’s not because we don’t complete our pieces. It is one of the side effects along with not completing our pieces. It is a side effect of our habit to leave things hanging, to not do them or leave them in between, as it suits us.
Most of the times, we don’t even know such a thing is going on with us. We think we’ll do better on the next piece (we often do). We think the person would understand our predicament and wouldn’t mind (even though we completely failed to understand that person and also our own limits).
While I have stated this in terms of artists at the start, such things happen with everybody. Be it a software engineer, who can laze about and complete their code later, a marketing salesman who can make a presentation later and so on and so forth. The advantage artists have, at times, is we do our art usually because we love it. A software engineer loves his coding, no doubt, but when your art is also a hobby, you tend to work with more passion and freedom because there is no pressure of your monthly income depending on it. So artists have the opportunity to improve one of their habits, of not keeping to our word by completing our pieces. No matter how boring they get, or how bored we have gotten, or how we may have gotten de-inspired and don’t find the strength to finish the piece.
Such a change won’t happen in one day, nor a week. It’s a habit we’re trying to change here, one that possibly has been there for a long time now. But if we work hard, our habit will change.
So the next time you think of leaving a piece, and do it, that’s a positive step. And if anybody who reads this and thinks of this article once before finishing the piece when they wanted to give it up, that’ll be a little victory and the goal of this piece will have been reached!

It feels so important to share little things like these; because when I’ve never had people to tell me such things which I deem important. So I’ve started finding these out on my own. And I have an impulse to share them with everybody, so that maybe somebody can benefit from such musings or find the answer to some problem of theirs!

Happy Reading!


Sorry Readers


This is an apology post to all the readers of my blog. It’s been six days since my previous blog post and I have been really inactive.  I should have posted this before, since I anticipated something like this could happen, but I thought it wouldn’t.

It’s my cousin brother’s wedding this Friday(WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!), so I’ve been out of town since Saturday. We got back yesterday night(It’s 2:20 AM in India as I type this), and I first thought it was imperative to finally watch “The Pursuit of Happyness”(A beautiful movie by the way. A must watch for everybody). before I got into the flow of a proper blog post. I have worked on new material, but since I didn’t have my laptop or my registers, I didn’t have access to any of my older works I could have posted.

Again, I am very sorry for my inactivity readers. I promise to try and stay as active as possible!

Stress is bad for writing


Ever since I’ve started writing, I’ve always been particularly fascinated by one particular habit. Why is it that I am only able to write at certain times? Why is it, that some of my best writing come either in this night, when everyone is asleep and there seems to be no other life around for miles, or early in the morning, after I’ve woken up and accepted my quota of sleep? I’ve always been bogged down by this and forced myself to write at times when I usually wouldn’t write, such as the evening, noon, lunch time, dinner. Basically, anytime between early morning end (say noon) and 10:30 at night.

It’s not that I wouldn’t write, but it was usually too little success. I would try to write, but get disturbed by one event or the other. The event could be external, such as a form to fill, or a phone call from a friend, or my mom telling me to do a chore. At times it would be internal, such as stressing out over small facts. Such as being too tired, or thinking too much about my future, or stressing what a teacher would think of me for missing class. Both these types of events cause stress. This feeling in the back of your head that says, “You must do this first” or “You shouldn’t be writing now” or “I should have attended my class”. And once a though like that has set in my mind, I can’t focus. There would be something or the other running through my mind and I would spend time thinking about it rather than thinking about what to write.

That is not cool. This is precisely what is missing from me when I write early in the morning or deep in the night. I have no stress. I still have these little things to worry about, and either I’m thinking, “It’s the early morning, I have the whole day” or “It’s the night. I’ll just do it tomorrow”. Basically, external events fall to almost zero and the internal events I start rationalising as not mattering at the current moment. And that’s when I write like crazy. I just keep on writing and writing and writing for two to three hours before I either get on with the day or get on with some sleep.

So basically what I’m trying to say is, that whenever you start writing, try to be stress free. And realise yourself. That is a very important aspect for writing as well. Realise yourself and see what you’re good at, to appreciate the good little moments that took place in the day, the things that excite you. Appreciate what doesn’t make you feel good, what makes you stress or uncomfortable and change it or embrace it. But try to reduce the number of things that make you stress. Even if trying to reduce the things that make you stress decrease your writing time by a little bit. It’ll feel better, and you’ll soon get over it.