Are there rules in writing?

There are no writing rules, unless of course, if your job depends on it.

I am an amateur writer. I have never followed any rules or guides so far. I just write whatever I want to, whichever way I want to. So when someone asks me what rules there are to writing, I ask them to consult Google and if you want it my way, then just write. Write till your mind is empty, totally empty with no more thoughts left. Write during the day or at midnight when the world’s asleep. Just write.

I moved to a new city and with it, came the freedom of being alone. I feel so liberated that it all feels like a dream to me; too good to be true. But it is true and awesome too. Consequently, I spend a lot of time writing, scribbling away frantically with my pen moving in a rhythmic fashion from one word to another. Sometimes the thoughts are pouring themselves out in such a rush  that I eat up words, end up linking sentences that feel inappropriate later. But I write nonetheless.

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I have learnt that the more I write, the more I have to write. There’s never an end. It’s like a craving that doesn’t cease to appease my appetite for words. Have you ever felt that way?

If you are not sure about the quality of your writing and are not yet ready to share them on public platforms, the mantra is one – write a diary. This way you can get enough practice before you are ready to publish your work on the web. Again, it doesn’t have to be gigantic technology or science or philosophy related content. You can just start by noting down your day to day experiences. Something good happened, write it down. You are angry, the diary is right there for you to vent it out. Put everything down there. A loss or tragedy, you are suffering in grief, what best than writing about how you feel at that moment?

I am one of those people who loves to write diary entries. Sometimes I write as much as 5 entries in a day and sometimes for weeks there’s nothing on it. Sometimes, it is just a sentence or two and other times, I scribble down pages after pages until my fingertips go numb and refuse to write another word. More than satisfying the crave to write, it is an over-flowing cauldron of thoughts that I keep running through in my spare time. A diary is the best way to keep memories stocked up.

Also, there’s only so much you can share with friends or family and certain things are way too personal to be shared. Don’t you agree? A diary comes very handy at such times. Plus you have the liberty to make as many blunders from criss-cross thoughts, while you write in a diary. Gradually, as your writing matures, you can think about blogging.

Now, while there are no rules to writing, it is needless to say that basic aspects like grammar, proper sentence construction, no confusing content, need to be in place. You do not want a shoddy picture at the end of the day. Rules, style guides and writing tips to polish your work are available in plenty on the web. You may refer them.

So there’s no rule, at least not one that I follow. Mostly because I am least bothered about that kind of thing. If it makes me happy, then that’s all there is to it.

Happy writing till we meet next.

Until then, carpe diem! 🙂


© Asha Seth

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