Practice, practice and more practice.

Writing is a skill. As with any skill, writing improves with practice. But practice is inconvenient and hence it is hard to persevere. Which is the reason why I keep putting off writing. But all the greatest and latest advice I get can be summed up to two words: Just write. Which is what I believe I am doing right now.

Sometimes I wonder what do I want from writing. What will happen as I write, improve and find my rhythm and voice on the page.

I am equally good at instantly identifying great writing and its feckless counterpart. I have a few role models who are both writers, normal people I interact on daily basis and online personalities I follow on various forums. I look everywhere for interesting instances of prose, like billboards, adverts, and basically anywhere and everywhere.

So it is my hope that with regular practice, I will be able to master the use of words to express myself succinctly, effectively, sans language errors  and take my writing skill to a level that is as close as possible to the best.

And so I write.

I love writing. It is creative to play with words. I don’t aspire to be a professional writer though.

I want to be articulate. I want to write with correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. I intend to master the principles of a great prose.

Why?

Because writing allows me to cement my thoughts in time. It tells me how I think and articulate. It lets me go back in time and ponder about my life. I can’t explain how much joy my past words give me whenever I read my archives. I don’t care if they are great or not. All that matters to me is, those are the words I wrote at certain point in my life. So they have a special meaning for me. I can read them for myself later. I can show them to my children once they are old enough to read.

I still hold dear the 333 blog posts I made in the internal blogging platform between the years 2006 and 2010 of my then employer. They are not amazing or out of the world. They are just plain and simple thoughts. But comments on my concluding post revealed that at least a handful of people will miss me and my blogs. That is amazing because writing helps connect people with each other.

And so I write.

Why I read what I read

If you look at the Books I Read page on this blog, it is pretty clear that I only read non-fiction. Fiction has no place in my reading list.This is not because I hate fiction but I need to be judicious with my limited time. In fact, earlier this year I thought of completely stop reading even non-fiction and focus on pursuing my goals. But then I realized I need to maintain a balance between motion and action.

I primarily read to learn. And learning is fun. So I propose one can read non-fiction as well for fun.

Reading takes time. So I’d rather invest my time in reading something practical and valuable that maximizes my return on investment rather than reading fictional drama between some funny characters.

Before we part, I encourage you to read this great post on Medium titled How to Read. And then act.

This post is written in response to today’s Daily Prompt (The Great Divide) on WordPress.com

Iterate until done.

It does not matter whether you fail in achieving your dreams. Failure is inevitable especially if you are aiming for something higher. What matters is whether  you are iterating or not. As long as there are continued efforts backed by refined plans,  achieving any dream is eventual.

I am lucky enough to live three major dreams, all achieved in the last 10 years. Every single one was iterated more than few times.

I am currently working on my next dream and I already failed once.  I am unsure how many more times I will fail given its magnitude. But what I am sure about is, I  will never stop iterating.

Tim Cook on privacy at Apple.

Read the interesting message from Tim Cook on Apple’s stance on privacy.

I am impressed with the following two paragraphs:

Our business model is very straightforward: We sell great products. We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t “monetize” the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple.

and

Finally, I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.

Howdy, from New Zealand.

Crown Ranges Road

I am Chaitanya, an Indian living in Auckland, New Zealand. We are a happy family. I work for a local technology company for my living. Among few others, WordPress and writing are my passions. This is why I am here :-)

I started blogging with Blogger in 2006 and eventually reached Mecca of Blogging: WordPress. Most of my posts are on my other self hosted blog.

I am on WordPress.com for a specific reason- to make friends, learn WordPress.com and improve my writing.

Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
I am a perpetual learner. One of the many ways to learn is to take the good from what others are doing. This is why I read blogs. Over the past many years I met interesting people, learned valuable lessons and got some amazing inspiration from ordinary people like me. So my blog is my contribution to the blogging world. Because I hate to be a passive consumer and would like to share my stories with the world.

What topics do you think you’ll write about?
I write about my personal stories, interesting things that I come across my way, inspirational stories about myself and others, learning hacks and anything else I feel like sharing.

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
Fellow interesting people from across the world.

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?
Learn more about interesting and inspirational people, improve my writing, become a WordPress.com Pro.

The featured image is a section of the Crown Ranges Road between Queenstown and Wanaka in the beautiful New Zealand.