Thankful I’m a Writer: November 18, 2016

Finish this sentence: I’m thankful I’m a writer because …

Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below.519


I’m thankful I’m a writer because I can make a difference in the world. I don’t have much writing experience but I find that when I share with the world my insights, people take them seriously. The words I speak into the air have an impact. Sometimes the fact that people read my stuff cheers me up because I know that I have made the right choice in making my thoughts known. Other times, though, I am not so lucky. For example, there is a typo in the Maths of Snooker blog post I did for Huffington Post, and I wasn’t able to correct myself when it was published. Since then all my efforts to get back on the Post were in vain. There was no way I could publish there again.

Of course, I am writing this in spite of not having published a book solely under my name. If I had, I would have more to write about. I wish I could nail down the exact story I want to write, but it’s a little hard to get there because I don’t have the right substructures of a novel in place in my mind. It’s quite like writing out a mathematical proof because you need to have all the ideas and all the interconnections among the ideas before you could put your flying fingers on the keyboard.

I’m more burdened than thankful as a writer because I know that people are waiting for my content, even though they don’t show signs of wanting me to contribute. The other thing is that I don’t quite understand why some people get famous for writing while others don’t. It’s as if the muse and the spirit of success conspire together to bring some to fame, some to shame and others to plain anonymity.

If I could return to the point in time where I had to choose between the arts and the sciences, I would change schools so that I could take literature, and then I could go and read all the books I want to read and dissect them. That way I would have had more training in the structure of novels and I would have become a published author much sooner.

I managed to miss a point as I was typing. I like poetry as well. The problem is, it takes me a long time to figure out the right words because I emphasize meter and rhyme over everything else in it. It can take me up to half an hour to figure out the right rhyming words, and then another half hour to fix the meter so that, when spoken, the poem becomes musical and pleasing to the ears. I think there’s a word for “pleasing to the ears”. “Euphony”, that’s it.

I have so many goals I have yet to achieve, so many lives I have yet to touch, and so many ideas I have yet to vocalize, but I’ll make time and hopefully make a difference.