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Getting addicted to writing like playing video games

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When you pour water into a glass to the middle, you can look at it in two ways: A glass-half-full, or half-less. We’re not discussing cliches here, I swear the article gets way more interesting from now on…

Well, what we can understand from the above paragraph is that… we all suck at it in the beginning. We have fallen many times by the time our brains could learn counting.

We get up from our seats as soon as we sit down to write, was someone heating the chair? No!
We check the fridge, check the phone, check the door, check the fridge again and finally end up on the sofa playing video games.

What if we could get addicted to writing the way we are to video games?

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Whaaa?

You Like?… I thought so too.

Every game treats its players like a beginner in the beginning. Though that pokes our ego, we keep our mouths shut and keep at it day in and day out.

Your eyes would pop out if you sit down and calculate the hours you put in every day just to master a signature move of your favorite video game. The effort is sub-conscious to us.

Before we could start having conscious memories, we had already started learning how to read and write. Some of us like writing more than most others and even fewer are good at it too. But even the best writers go through what I call the slow-boiling chair syndrome.

A ‘snow’ child of writer’s block.

How come gamers never get that every time they get their asses whooped by the bosses. They fail over, and over and over again before they level up. Look at drafts that way.

The first draft is a warm-up, getting those fat muscles jiggling bef

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ore the main workout. Practice free writing and puke everything out. There might even be a diamond ring in it.

No game stays the same the longer you play it. You level up sub-consciously.
Learning to control words with ease. The pen becomes a part of your skin.
You learn how to play with vocabulary, how to frame sentence structures,
how to use repetition for effect.

Yes, you will fail in between as well; the levels get harder.

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But then again, that should be when you start looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. Stop looking at the summit and take a step at a time. Practice zen in your pursuit.

Pretty soon, the wind catches your sails, As you stick with it in the right direction. And you don’t need to read fantasy self-help books to know if quitting ever helps.

Slowly you learn how to beat the boss at his own game.

You learn how to make your readers laugh, make them cry, make them imagine dogs walking on two legs. Anything and everything is possible for us.

As long as we learn to look at things differently.
The glass is not just half-full, it is filled with the best signature vodka.

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Ashwin Shanker

Ashwin Shanker

Ashwin Shanker is a writer, mindfulness practitioner and an ad man. He has been published in The Hindu, The New Indian Express, Times of India & Your Story.