S Lakshmi Narasimhan is the Founder of Ignite Insight LLC, a New York City based consultancy which specializes in Group/Executive Training and Coaching and in particular helping individuals realize their unique potential. His first book: Discover the Genius in the Mirror: You are an Einstein Waiting to be Discovered is Available On Amazon
The craft of writing is a blessed one. The ability to freely express thoughts milling round our heads into a coherent essay is something exciting, challenging, liberating and highly fulfilling. Writing manifests itself in various ways and for different objectives - you could write to report something, you could write to clarify thoughts in your own head, you could write to create a record of various things you did and felt (journaling), you could write to educate, entertain, motivate, criticize, empathize, and even awaken entire communities and generations. Writing has that inherent power.
I have felt oneness with writing right from childhood. It seemed to transport me to a world of imagination, possibilities and creativity. When I wrote my first article in school in fifth grade, it was an awesome experience. I got the distinct feeling that I had created something new that was not there before. More importantly, it conveyed that I was capable of creation. This was huge. Most of us are not aware of our own capabilities and talents and almost all of us internally feel a sense of low self-esteem about writing. We think writing is meant only for the lucky, privileged few who indulge in it and who are super good at it. But that is precisely why writing is a blessed craft.
Writing makes no demands of you to produce that next literary magnum opus, that best seller or that award winning work. In fact, writing may be one of the greatest methods to gradually unburden our selves, to divulge our inner most thoughts and yes fears. That is why writing is liberating.
So, how do you bell the cat? How do you start off writing?
Firstly, start with the belief that you are capable of writing. Never mind if you have never done it before. It probably will be better if you have not done it before since being on a learning curve is a wonderful way to stay motivated.
Secondly, give yourself an objective for writing. Are you writing for yourself, your family, friends, co-workers, or the public in general? Are you writing to teach, clarify, entertain, or criticize? What do you hope to achieve with your writing? It can be as simple as clarifying your own thoughts and philosophy in life.
Thirdly, put down some key words to start with as possible topics to write about. For example, key words could be career, finance, family, personal development, fame, wealth, inspiration and so forth.
Fourthly, create a synopsis for your writing piece. This means encapsulating all that you will say in your writing in a precise manner. This will provide some parameters for your essay. Moreover, it will ensure that you do not stray away from the topic on hand and remain focused.
Finally, try and visualize your writing in completed form. Feel the pride when readers comment about your effort being such a well crafted one. This is the art of visualization and it creates miracles. Your self-image will get such a dose of motivation and inspiration that it will last for days Emotionalize these with all your senses.
Writing is one of those means of communication that can awaken (and actually should too) the sub-conscious. When you write from the heart and close to your motivations, the output is spontaneous and eloquent. Nothing matters more as an ingredient of writing than being sincere to what you are articulating. It connects you to a greater force than you could ever imagine. You will surprise (and even shock) yourself when you read what you have ended up writing. You may find that you never knew such thoughts existed within you. That, in essence, is writing with the flow. It indeed makes writing such a blessed craft.