Most of us started out as writers because we have something to say, about almost everything. But one of our greatest fears is that one day we will run out of ideas. I have that fear too. Strangely, that fear is reducing as I fill books and other places with ideas. I now have so many ideas that I am confused about which one to pick and write about. That’s a good problem to have, I guess!
When I started writing seriously a few months ago, I read lots of articles about noting down ideas, carrying a notepad at all…
Recently, I was lucky enough to spend two days in the heart of a verdant coffee estate in Coorg, Karnataka.
Lucky enough to have the ability to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch things. These are gifts we should always be thankful for.
Luckier still to be able to walk — through such an amazing green piece of the earth.
I have to admit that my friend dragged me on this walk. Cannot thank her enough.
Evening. When the Sun is in a mellow mood. When he is bathing all those who depend on him in a golden liquid. …
I don’t know if it is a sheer coincidence that men are responsible for starting all kinds of things on earth. I mean, there is war and such like, but I am not talking about that … at least not in this post.
Simple things — things which you would think men have no connection with — and yet there they are right at the beginning. Don’t agree? Stay with me for just a little bit, please.
Consider the word ‘men’. A harmless three-letter word to indicate roughly 50% of the human population.
Add a small ‘u’ at the end…
According to the Britannica, loneliness, distressing experience that occurs when a person’s social relationships are perceived by that person to be less in quantity, and especially in quality, than desired.
Loneliness, distressing experience that occurs when a person’s social relationships are perceived by that person to be less in quantity, and especially in quality, than desired. The experience of loneliness is highly subjective; an individual can be alone without feeling lonely and can feel lonely even when with other people.
In effect, researchers agree that loneliness is a state of mind. …
I was a newbie writer on Medium sometime ago. It took me a while to get the lay of the land. I am still learning the nuances. But there are a few key things that haven’t changed over the last two years that I have been here.
Medium is all about reading, writing, and engaging. Anything you do adds up to these three primary goals.
There is another goal — making money. But even that is a fallout of the three clear goals of reading, writing, and engaging. …
I read a lot of articles about focus and about setting aside clear hours to write. I fully intend to get into that habit. Someday. Hopefully within this lifetime.
I truly envy people who churn out reams and reams of content. Those writers who stick by their schedules. Writers who don’t need somebody else to set deadlines for them. When I grow up, I want to be like that!
But for now, this is how my focused writing time looked.
I sat down at my designated spot at the dining table. That’s my writing space. I sit on the highway…
We have been waiting for this — or at least something resembling this — for a long time, us loyal Medium people. We whined, we cried, we created elaborate workarounds, and we hoped.
I’ve been playing around with Lists since morning. I am super excited to share what I learned with all those who have not discovered it yet.
Most of us write about multiple topics and worry that readers with a specific area of interest may get lost in the sea of variety.
For example, I write about nature and travel, among other things. But someone who visits my…
Today I visited a bookstore after what seems like a century. When I walked out about two hours later, I felt heavy. And not merely because of the number of books I had added to my collection.
When I was browsing through this old and well-known bookstore in Bangalore, Blossom Book House, I was acutely aware of so many different thoughts and sensations.
As soon as you enter a bookstore, any bookstore, you are engulfed in the smell of books.
You will be treated to as many flavors and scents as the number and variety of books. Add to that…
On June 20th, 2021, everything was in place and I was holding my breath while my young publisher uploaded the paperback version of my first book on Amazon.in. The paperback version is available only in India. I was just short of bursting with excitement.
We started the process by 11 am India time and it was done pretty soon. Just like that. Ta-da! The Kindle version is a whole different story. I will dedicate a post to that.
We’ve been churning out Top 3 + 1 posts for 5 months now. We choose our top 3 posts using a complex algorithm involving the number of claps, number of views, number of letters in the writer’s name, number of followers, number of posts on MuddyUm, number of items bought at our Bootyque, and many more such important parameters.
At the end of all the processing, the algorithm spits out a number which is multiplied by 10 and divided by 3. The result is always 42. We give it some deep thought and proceed to choose the articles that speak…