When it bites, it bites you really hard. There are many types of bugs – bed bugs, stink bugs and even software computer bugs. But that’s not what I am talking about. What I am actually referring to is the writer’s bug! This is one bug bite which is very difficult to cure. Apparently, I am one of the victims and surprisingly, rather enjoying the whole process of reading and writing. Writing can lead to completely opposite effects on different individuals. Some writers become more social, as they now like to listen more and speak less. They wish to catch the subtle nuances in what people are talking about. They also become keen observers and look at their surroundings in a new light. Food bloggers are intrigued as much by how a dish looks as it tastes, and travel writers wish to capture every moment in ink and pictures. But there are others who become more of a recluse, confined to their own four walls, digging deep into journals and looking for some peace and quiet so that they can write. One such example is the fictitious writer Peter Van Houten, in John Green’s best-selling novel,’ The Fault in Our Stars’.
I suppose I belong to the former category, as I have started enjoying social gatherings and meeting people ever since I started writing. Perhaps it is also due to the fact that I am a much happier person, doing what I like. But at the same time,though I may not exactly be a recluse, there are times when I savour my own company , whenever the opportunity arises. It gives me time to reflect and contemplate, read more, reflect again, and read some more.For any person who reads,books are the best and most trusted companions, and for me they are my pillars of support! Reading educates, entertains, improves language skills and most importantly, widens your outlook.
Once bitten by the writer’s bug there is actually no looking back. Ideas start pouring into the brain at the oddest times during the day. It could be while driving, teaching your kids or while doing household chores. All this is perfect. What really annoys me is when all these super ideas (and complete sentences) come rushing into my brain when I wish to catch some sleep at night. I keep tossing and turning but they refuse to leave me. Often I get up in exasperation and start scribbling on paper – lest I forget everything in the morning. How wonderful it would be if I could sleep peacefully and dream of something interesting to write about, just like the chemist Kekulé, who discovered the structure of benzene molecule. In his dream he saw a snake eating its own tail. This gave him the idea for the ring
structure of benzene. So let the ideas keep pouring in and let all writers continue the good work of reading and writing. Who knows your million dollar idea may be just round the corner!