A Desk, A Noisy Classroom and the Cinema Hall

Writing is a funny thing. You may write about world peace, or about harmony or getting along with one another but you may be writing it in the middle of a war, or in a busy cafe. Roald Dahl wrote about murderous giants and horrid witches from a quaint little yellow hut by his house.

They say home is where the heart is. Going by that, I guess its fair to say that we write best where our heart really is. It could be a little hut by the house, like it was for Roald Dahl, or it could be our desk. It could be a bench in the park or our bed. It depends. Sometimes I can’t write in the same place all the time. I need a change of scenery. Some fresh air and different sounds. Different kinds of sensory stimulation. That’s what I need sometimes. I need some sort of stimulation to get me going and keep me clacking away on the keys. It doesn’t matter if I’m typing half-rubbish – I can always weed that out later – the important thing sometimes is to keep writing.

One sort of stimulation for me is music. Like most of us, I prefer different kinds of music for different situations, moods and needs. While I’m writing I usually go for instrumentals. That way there’s no words in the music that get in the way of the words in my head. There’s a lot of old-school instrumentals that are really soothing, and they do the job no doubt, but even modern fast-paced soundtracks are extremely effective. There’s Brian Tyler’s Into Eternity from Thor 2, the main theme of GoT, all of Steve Jablonsky’s amazing works in the first three films of The Transformers movie franchise, Michael Giacchino’s Enterprising Young Men from the new Star Trek franchise, Hans Zimmer’s Like a Dog Chasing Cars from The Dark Knight, and many more (comment if you want more, I’ve got loads :D).

But what if your writer’s heart isn’t in any singular place but in writing itself? Well, then you’re like me. I’m that sort of person, that if I get an idea to write, an impulse of even a minor plot device that I just feel I want to use in a story, I’ll start writing it.

I often write on my desk because I’m home when I get ideas and my laptop is lying on my desk and I’m too lazy to carry it elsewhere. When I’m not home, however, and I don’t have the laptop close by, I use my note-taking apps or even Microsoft Word, on my phone.

Once last year I was sitting in this really boring Hindi lecture at college and I was doodling Iron Man’s armor, and Captain America’s shield and The Flash, when I got an insane idea for a story. So I whipped out my Hindi notebook and I just started writing. Another time, I was watching a movie, it was a really cheesy Hindi one. I don’t even remember the name, except that Ranbir Kapoor was in it. And I wasn’t really into it; I’d gone to watch it with a bunch of friends and we were all cracking up at how silly it was and then I got one of those out-of-the-blue ideas to write again. I didn’t have a phone then so I took one of my friend’s phones and I started typing in one of the note-taking apps he had and thought I’d email it to myself or something. Hilariously, in a hurry, I didn’t save it properly so I lost about 1500 worth of story material.

Again, I can’t always write anywhere I feel like. There’s a lot of times that I force myself to sit down and just write, because I haven’t written in a while. Sometimes when the gap between writing sessions increases, it just gets harder to squeeze out some material. I guess the place where we write can really influence our writing. The ambiance, the disturbances, or lack thereof, can all reflect in our writing.

In the end, though, I believe it doesn’t matter if we write in your office, or on the toilet, in college or in the train. What matters that we write.


Those were my thoughts on writing and the places where we write best. Where do you write best?

Also, below you’ll see a short poll about the different kinds of posts that I write. What kind would you want to see me write more of, or what kind have you liked the most on my blog? Please fill in the form and help me out to know what my audience likes best, and I’ll write accordingly!

Secrets

Secrets have a way of unraveling themselves to the world. Sometimes you may least expect it and people start sniffing on your tail. Somebody stumbles into something and joins the dots. A series of, what may seem like co-incidences, sometimes bring people to stumble into it in the first place. You’ll be left marveling at the wonder of life, when things like that happen. I know I was when it happened to me a couple of months back.

Sometimes we’ve gone through some…things in our past. Maybe when we were kids or maybe when we were already grown up. And maybe a lot of people close to us know about those things. However, sometimes we leave a big chunk of that life behind and move on to a different kind of life in a different place with different people who don’t know all that. We talk to them, get acquainted, spend time with them. We may grow very close to a few of them, but we haven’t told them about those things. Sometimes we feel as if we don’t want to, sometimes we’re dying to tell them, other times we feel we shouldn’t. We don’t know how to. We can’t. But we know we won’t feel at ease unless they know. We feel the relationship isn’t real unless they know.

But then they end up finding out about it without us telling them. They stumble into something and they join the dots. Now that they know, none of all that above matters. Doesn’t it?

The 25 Things That I Like

  1. Staring at the sky and the clouds.
  2. Listening to soundtracks.
  3. Watching or playing football with friends.
  4. Sweating it out during a workout and then admiring the results.
  5. Stepping on dry leaves.
  6. Watching Sherlock, Suits, House of Cards, Captain America 2, and tons of other movies and TV shows, over and over again.
  7. Playing Football Manager.
  8. Having a nice, hot samosa when it’s raining cats and dogs outside.
  9. Watching one of Aditya Rathod’s videos.
  10. Having a cold coffee on an extremely hot summer’s day.
  11. Intellectual debates.
  12. Scraping dried glue off my fingers.
  13. Grammatically correct sentences.
  14. Exploring new places.
  15. Trekking.
  16. A good book (who doesn’t like that?)
  17. The adrenaline rush you get before you speak on stage, and the high after having done it well.
  18. Long drives.
  19. Dogs.
  20. Late night outings.
  21. Late night football matches.
  22. Going to the movies.
  23. Afternoon siestas.
  24. The satisfaction of hitting the ‘Publish’ button after writing a thoroughly satisfactory post.
  25. Finishing lists.

Taking Inspiration from the Community

Today’s Blogging 101 assignment is to write a post based on the inspiration I got from one of the posts on others’ blogs on which I left a comment yesterday.

It is difficult to choose a particular post because I liked all of them very much. So, I’m going to choose two.


THE FIRST ONE

The first one is inspired by a post on The Epic Blog.

The post is a quote:

“Every villain is a hero in his own mind.”

– Tom Hiddleston

The post leaves you with this at the end:

“Loki is the best villain in the Marvel world. Period. Any disputes?”

loki

Absolutely not!

Confession coming up!

I am a HUGE movie and TV show buff. If I like a movie I will most certainly download it and rewatch it again and again until I know most of the lines by heart. If I like a TV show, I will, in most cases, watch EACH and EVERY episode there is to watch. That’s what happened with The Big Bang Theory, Suits, Friends and Arrow. Now its happening with The Flash.

And I love superheroes and movies and TV shows based on them. And I love Marvel AND DC. They’re both unique in their own ways but I’m going to have to take Marvel’s side here. And there is no doubt that so far, on screen, Loki is their best villain. I’m dying to see what (if anything) happens to him in Avengers: Age of Ultron (whether Thor realises he impersonates his father Odin at the end of Thor: The Dark World, or do they leave that for Thor 3?).

But, coming to the point, this post got me thinking about villains and superheroes and Marvel and then I saw my phone lying in front of me so I randomly started doing stuff on it and then I probably went to check for something to munch on in the refrigerator but all the while I was thinking about this post, at the back of my mind.

Now, I haven’t read a lot of Marvel comics (I was mostly restricted to Spider – Man as a kid and later a couple of Iron Man and Deadpool ones). Frankly, I am a comic book noob when it comes to Marvel or any comics really. But when I found out that the next X – Men movie is titled as X – Men: Apocalypse I was instantly excited because I’d heard of this Apocalypse character somewhere and I googled him and WOAH! he’s a hell of a villain too. He’s practically invincible and obviously the X – Men’s greatest enemy (foe, if you want to be dramatic and poetic).

So yes, a teensy little bit of a dispute here, but again, Loki is the best villain on screen so far, and X – Men is technically under another roof.

I stumbled into this definitive guide of Marvel's character movie rights
I stumbled into this definitive guide of Marvel’s character movie rights

Moreover, I’ve always loved a little depth in characters (especially superhero characters), in terms of a little good in a bad character or vice versa. I’ve loved it when the portrayal of such a character trait is pulled off well, as it was for Loki (which was heavily dependent on the high amount of screen time over the large number of movies he appeared in).

So another character who I’ve noticed who has such a character trait is Bruce Banner AKA The Hulk. Granted he’s not had the best of times on screen but I think in The Incredible Hulk (Edward Norton) and of course the role in The Avengers (Mark Ruffalo) were pretty awesome.

In both (and even in the first Hulk movie, I think), Bruce Banner acknowledges and admits that he is not in control of ‘the other guy’, and the damage ‘he’ can cause is not something Banner wants. In The Incredible Hulk he actively tries to rid himself of the abomination he can become and in The Avengers there are a lot of moments where you can see Banner apprehensive about Fury, Romanoff and the whole idea of The Avengers Initiative.

This doesn’t make Banner a villain per se because he is after all an Avenger (though he was hunted like an animal (because he partly was) and was almost killed numerous times in the Hulk movies). What it does, though, is make Banner human, despite his turning into ‘a huge green rage monster’. But it is that little bit of villainy inside this extraordinary hero that makes him really appeal to me. You won’t find a lot of Hulk fanboys, Iron Man, yes, Captain America definitely, even Loki, but probably not Hulk. But you have one here.


THE SECOND ONE

The second one is inspired by a post on Pan – American Perros.

The post is based on an assignment in Photography 101 – What is Solitude?

That’s a profound question. But it can have a very simple answer. In fact, as pointed out in the post, Solitude can be Bliss. It definitely can and in most cases (at least for me) it is.

I’ve been called quiet ever since I can remember. I’ve been called an introvert too. But that’s never hurt me, or made me hate them. People have told me they don’t feel particularly good when people call them introverts. I, however, feel that being an introvert, or shy or quiet for that matter, aren’t things one can’t or shouldn’t be. I guess I’ve always known that and that’s probably why I never felt bad when I was called those things. I think that a lot of people don’t truly understand introverts and introversion and how it really works and at times that can hurt.


I wrote a blog post on introversion fairly recently. Click here to check it out.

Blogging 101 Assignment: Be a Good Neighbour

Yesterday’s assignment was to ‘be a good (virtual) neighbour’.

Blogging is of course heavily dependent on the writing and posting part but it definitely isn’t restricted to that. A big chunk of viewership (at least in the initial stages of the blog) depends on socialising and contributing to others’ blogs. This includes liking, commenting and sharing. Somewhere, I knew this when I started my blog but I never got around to doing any part of the socialising for various reasons.

The courses that Blogging U offers, are amazing ways to meet new people and through Blogging 101 I’ve already met quite a few awesome fellow bloggers, and the course isn’t even over yet!

So here are four blogs I would like to recommend.

Behold the Infinite

Amazing short stories, great style of writing, and a unique way with words. Plus I love the tagline.

The Epic Blog

First person I’ve come across who is into mythology, does Bollywood movie reviews and has a great taste in poetry.

Pan – American Perros

I’ve always wanted to do a lot of travelling once I grow up. This blog satisfies that urge to see the world, for it has great photos, great writing and DOGS!!!

Shachi Shetty

This one belongs to a friend from college. She has just begun blogging but writes some wonderful poetry.