I'm overwhelmed by your suggestions and feedback in response to my last post. And I realize that all of us are looking for practical help in making our writings sharper and impactful.
There is an ocean of data available over the internet for each of our doubts. I absolutely love the idea of consolidating and baking this raw data into warm, decadent cookies of techniques that we could bite into. But I'm apprehensive that I would turn into cardboard like crackers instead, without nurturing it with the time, attention and respect it deserves.
And so, I request you for your patience, while I attempt to wrap my head around this humongous task in my personal catacomb. Perhaps, I could share a few of these golden nuggets of information, that I might unearth from the data mining, over my Instagram stories during my stretching breaks. And you could give me your precious feedback which would act as the miner's lamp to guide me through the dark ignorance.
Meanwhile to keep the accountability going on here, on our home ground, at our drawing board, I intend to come up with a daily post of the tools and quirks that have personally shaped my writing so far.
Pardon me if I do sound ostentatious by now, like I know any better, but do trust me when I say, that I have stayed at the edge of the pool for a long time, crippled with self doubt and chasing the perfect stance, to dive into an opportunity. And somewhere down the line, I realize that I can never learn swimming out of a book. That I would never feel ready. That I must simply plunge and pick up the skills along the way.
And that aligns perfectly with my today's takeaway. "That I must do, before I do my best."
Happy festivities to everyone celebrating. It is time, yet again for new beginnings. And once again, I hope to push myself and the passivity I'm stuck in with a 30 day challenge.
However this time I'm not clear what I could write about. There are a lot of vague, ambiguous ideas floating in my head, but nothing that feels compelling enough.
What better than to ask you, my valuable readers for your suggestions for an appropriate theme. Should we endeavour on a joint project to learn more about grammar or technicalities of writing, or should I try to entertain you with short stories . Should I experiment with building vocabulary or should we begin a #howto series. Is there something else altogether that might be apt for me to break out of this rut?
Waiting for you to let me know in the comments.
Meanwhile find below a recipe to break out of a writer's block that usually works for me.
That's part of the joy of being a submissive. None of the decisions are yours. When you can't refuse anything and can't even move, those voices in your head go silent. All you can do, and all you are permitted to do, is feel. - Cherise Sinclair
*Mature content ahead. Mind your head, please.*
Excerpts included from the poetry, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost.
He had an unusual display picture on this obscure app. Contrary to his conventional, sophisticated popular social media profile pictures, this one was peculiar with its prominent focus on his sharp jawline, slender neck and his bare, provocative shoulders.
On a first glance, his shoulders were taut and ordinary. An uninquisitive mind would have easily dismissed his suggestiveness as a subtle call for validating attention. It was hard for my curiosity, however, having delved further, to not notice the gentle stoop to his shoulders. I wouldn't call it a hunch; perhaps he was folding into himself, under the burden of pseudo family respect and societal judgements.
Typecast into living the moral code of a conservative, married man, I notice a pixel of rebellion, in his want to feel desirable, with this spilling display of seduction, held back by filters of guilt for craving this want in the first place, especially when you're legally, socially and culturally bound to unappeal yourselves off every other favoring eye.
How do I conclude this, if you ask me, I would point out to you, the unusual way of him cropping his identity out. It was a unique mishmash of him declaring who he was, then hiding behind his own declaration, before a 'well wisher' hunted him down, to admonish him with a disapproval or punish him with ostracism.
And just like that, I'm left wondering, how many more of us must snip our true personalities to fit into this box of acceptance of those who barely know us anymore.
You know the days when you get the mean reds? Paul Varjak: The mean reds. You mean like the blues? Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you’re getting fat, and maybe it’s been raining too long. You’re just sad, that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid, and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?
A good writer feels and thinks his words in the shades and tints of the same color.
If pain is red, burgundy is suffering, agony is scarlet, and crimson is tormenting, ache is sepia, hurt is dusty, anguish is vermilion, misery is rusty, throbbing is carmine, excruciating is bloody, lava is deep, and soreness is muddy.
and then there is dard, vivid and intense, pulsating in tones of maroon with a tinge of darkness in the brightest of reds.
D'ya have a headache? Maybe you should pop a paracetamol.
Have you been feeling hungry? Maybe you should try something delicious.
Have you been feeling dejected lately? Maybe you should get some needed help.
Have you been sick of the world, altogether? Maybe you should sleep it all out.
And if you've been feeling all four? Maybe you should read a poem, first!
GUYS, WE'RE HERE; AND IT'S OFFICIAL!
Before we start telling you the criteria and the structure for posting and reposting content, we'd like to give a little backstory to our page name first.
We suck at naming things and we're not at all shy to admit it. After loads and loads of experimenting with Greek-Irish-Japanese Pinterest-worthy words, and failing to give 'em our kinda meaning to it; we wanted something simple and elegant. Maybe with a punch of humour. We moved on to recalling book references, our favourite songs and movies for inspiration, anything that'd give us an edge. Alas, we'd suddenly forgotten all the books and movies and songs we'd ever loved. Relatable, right? Yep, we laughed on our helplessness too.
In just a matter of seconds, our frenzy thought process went like -- "oh oh think of a book name" to "idk man" then "oh oh what book are you currently reading rn" to "oh oh it's 'Maybe You Should Talk To Someone' by Lori Gottlieb" then directly to "is 'maybeyoushouldreadapoem' is a good enough name"
We took a second each, and chuckled a little louder in realization. It hit. Humour, sass, sweetness, and most importantly, a very good piece of advice!
We absolutely love it. What about you guys?
Coming to the what happens on the page, we'd love being transparent. Here's how each thing would go:
CRITERIA: As mentioned already in (@hayat_'s) most recent post; Structurally, none at all! Prose, poetry, stories. However long or short. (If it's a story in parts, it can be nominated after it's been entirely completed). Anything and everything that's creative/fresh/insightful/original/witty/has good imagery etc etc qualifies! In no way does it have to be popular enough, or concentrated around hot-topics only. The idea is to give a platform that appreciates quality content, without any other qualifiers. We'd love all the help we can get so we'd really appreciate if y'all will take time and tag us in pieces you think are good enough. NOTE: The tags do not have to be only on new or most recent pieces. Go ahead and pick up your favourites, however old or new and let us know which ones they are. We'd be more than happy to read and share them. Go easy on us though since mirakee notifications can be accommodated only upto a limit. So be selective. Tag us only on the ones you really think are good.
HOW IT'LL WORK: Just so everything plays fair, we've divided the content we'd read in two parts-- 1. The tagged content. 2. Individually explored content.
Both of us will alternate reading content between those two sections, meaning one day it's Srishti (@thegreymetaphor)'s turn to read the tagged content and Hayat (@hayat_)'s to explore individually; the next day, vice versa). In the end one of the two pieces will be chosen to go on the Instagram page.
The other piece, you ask? 'cause it'll be no less awesome right?! We'll repost it here from our (@maybeyoushouldreadapoem) Mirakee account so it's more accessible for everyone to read, and also post a screenshot of it on our insta story.
We'd put up both the Mirakee and Insta usernames of the Writers in our insta stories and posts, so they get their due recognition and appreciation! Please make an effort to appreciate both the pieces, won't ya?
••• The posting and reposting time on Insta and Mirakee, respectively, would be around 4-5 PM IST.
Also, since we prioritize consent, the reads of today will be posted tomorrow, so that both of us, the readers and the writers of the pieces, have an adequate 24 hour period to ask for consent and respond. And in a case where somebody would be unwilling for whatever reasons, no questions asked; for us to read some more and look for another. •••
Feel absolutely free to drop us any queries, suggestions, feedback, anything in the comment section. We'll make sure we answer each one of you, we promise.
Thankyou, really, for all the love and trust you selflessly bestow on us, can you see us crying through the screens? Trust me, we are. :''))
Hey y'all. I need a few minutes from anybody who's reading this.
What do you guys think of me and Srishti (@thegreymetaphor) starting a page on Instagram?
There's already lots of pages curating content from Instagram to Instagram; as well as people finding content of well established writers and making it accessible on Instagram. But not really a platform, where they exclusively curate from Mirakee onto an Instagram feature page. (Except for the Official account of Mirakee on Insta, others we're not aware of.)
We've been seeing a lot of content that is so good here, but it seldom gets appreciated the way it should. Appreciation is never the primary reason for writing ofcourse, but we'll just like to do our part for our selfish love for poetry! (Given, the writer has expressed their consent, ofcourse. That'd always be asked.)
We really need you guys' feedback! Would you like it? Would you be interested and willing to lend support? Please let us know in the comment section below! This community means so much to us, and there are also a few reasons why we were considering starting this venture - 1. Our reading habits have drastically reduced on Mirakee, this might just push us to get us back on track -- be the avid readers we always wanted to be. 2. We want the time that we spend on Instagram to feel more fruitful. 3. There is no greater joy than appreciating and sharing poetry that we love just for our own sake! 4. Lastly, this is not intended to put any individual or platform down. In no way do we want to take the control in our hands. It's just for the sole purpose of appreciating the good poetry that often gets unnoticed due to various reasons.
The criteria for features: Structurally, none at all! Prose, poetry, stories. However long or short. Anything and everything that's creative/fresh/insightful/original/witty/has good imagery etc etc qualifies! In no way does it have to be popular enough, or concentrated around hot-topics only. The idea is to give a platform that appreciates quality content, without any other constraints.
We're yet to even decide anything. We haven't thought of a name, nothing about the theme, how will we work it out on Mirakee here or on Instagram, or if we'd need a separate account here too. We first wanted to know how the community here feels about it. And if you'd trust me and Srishti enough as the readers.
Feel free to ask us anything about this, if you have queries. We'd appreciate it so so so much if you let us know. Drop a at the very least, we'd take that as validation for our attempt!
Love and regards, Srishti and Hayat.
If you can, share this so it reaches more people, will ya? :D