Write – the right way?

In a comment to my previous post, Ash asked me to write down my list! Write, the old fashioned way? Goodness! It has been so long that I have written anything more than my name – while signing it that too, I get horrified if I have to write anything!

I remember taking up some certification in 2002. It was just 3-4 years since I graduated, but I had already forgotten how to write. While studying for the certification, I never practised writing. On the day of the exam, I struggled. It was one thing knowing the answers, writing them down, was just another story! My fingers ached at the end of the exam – I had totally lost practice with writing on paper. The next time I took a certification, I checked first if it was a written paper- there was no way, I was going through that ordeal again. I can study, prepare, stay up nights, wake up early, everything but write another exam!

I used to envy people who come to supermarkets armed with handwritten lists. I find it so cute! Once I found an abandoned list in a shopping trolley. I stood there admiring the handwriting. Gorgeously formed letters, lovely words – almost felt like an ancient, forgotten art. In my previous house, we had a nice board in the kitchen, where we could pin up shopping lists. I always planned to do that, but ended up making lists on my phone in the end, after forgetting to take those lists when I stepped out. At least with my phone, the list is sure to be taken with me. Also it is much easier to use.

So it was after years- 12-13 years of only signing my name, or at the max, filling up forms in capital letters, or signing a card, with a few words, that I realized that I would have to learn to write again. Thanks to daughter. Try as I might to avoid writing, I would still have to write sometime. Sigh! And to add to that, I am used to writing in cursive, while daughter’s school still teaches the other style. So now, I have to learn to write letters without joining them! Can you even imagine it? And when I do write, I realize that daughter has far better handwriting than I do! How on earth can I ask her to work on her handwriting when mine is a scrawl! There was a year, I think it was when she was 3 and in nursery, when I had to write out 35 or so Christmas cards – not easy! Thankfully now she is old enough to write them, so that is one piece of writing I don’t need to do. At least the rest of the mums will not figure out that I am the mum with the worst handwriting!

So maybe, Ash’s suggestion, is after all, a good one.. Writing down lists might actually give me handwriting practice 🙂 Or better still, maybe I should borrow a few of daughter’s handwriting practice books and work on them. And maybe give myself a nice sticker for completing it too 🙂

So how do you write?

Do you start a post and finish off at one shot?

Do you write save drafts and then work on it to make it better?

Do you research when you write?

I fall into the first category. I just write, finish and post. I finish most of my post at a go. If I ever do stop, I am more than likely to delete it off. Yes, I hate drafts. It just clutters up things for me.  I rarely do any research, which I wish I could change. I wish I could write those detailed and informational and analytical posts that some write. I am more of an on-the-spur blogger. I write when I feel like, and when I have the time. The only time that had me worried was when I started the NaBloPoMo. I was worried if I would be able to write everyday.

Luckily for me, I find that I do have things to write most days.  The only problem I have faced is getting the time to sit down and write. Normal days, I would write when I have the time, and have replied to most comments. The main difference that I see now, is that I make myself sit down and write everyday. So I do have a lot of replies pending, which I hate by the way. And I also get queries about why I am not blog hopping 🙂

So tell me, how do you write? Does anything in particular inspire you? Is there a time of the day that works for you?

And one another totally tangential note, did I tell you that we have become a football crazy household? Husband is a non-sports person, he watches nothing. Every since the world cup started, he has been making an effort to follow the sport. Apparently that is all that gets discussed at work these days 🙂 So every evening, he is in front of the telly, and so am I. Yesterday, I sat and watched the England vs Slovenia match, all by myself much to daughters dismay. I actually scared her once with my cheering 🙂 We are now keeping our Sunday free, two very interesting matches scheduled! So how is the football mania where you are?

PS : I promise I will get to all the un-replied to comments and your blog posts. Between the FIFA and the NaBloPoMo, I am a little stretched 😉