Practice, practice and more practice.

Writing is a skill. As with any skill, writing improves with practice. But practice is inconvenient and hence it is hard to persevere. Which is the reason why I keep putting off writing. But all the greatest and latest advice I get can be summed up to two words: Just write. Which is what I believe I am doing right now.

Sometimes I wonder what do I want from writing. What will happen as I write, improve and find my rhythm and voice on the page.

I am equally good at instantly identifying great writing and its feckless counterpart. I have a few role models who are both writers, normal people I interact on daily basis and online personalities I follow on various forums. I look everywhere for interesting instances of prose, like billboards, adverts, and basically anywhere and everywhere.

So it is my hope that with regular practice, I will be able to master the use of words to express myself succinctly, effectively, sans language errors  and take my writing skill to a level that is as close as possible to the best.

Why I read what I read

If you look at the Books I Read page on this blog, it is pretty clear that I only read non-fiction. Fiction has no place in my reading list.This is not because I hate fiction but I need to be judicious with my limited time. In fact, earlier this year I thought of completely stop reading even non-fiction and focus on pursuing my goals. But then I realized I need to maintain a balance between motion and action.

I primarily read to learn. And learning is fun. So I propose one can read non-fiction as well for fun.

Reading takes time. So I’d rather invest my time in reading something practical and valuable that maximizes my return on investment rather than reading fictional drama between some funny characters.

Before we part, I encourage you to read this great post on Medium titled How to Read. And then act.

This post is written in response to today’s Daily Prompt (The Great Divide) on

Iterate until done.

It does not matter whether you fail in achieving your dreams. Failure is inevitable especially if you are aiming for something higher. What matters is whether  you are iterating or not. As long as there are continued efforts backed by refined plans,  achieving any dream is eventual.

I am lucky enough to live three major dreams, all achieved in the last 10 years. Every single one was iterated more than few times.

I am currently working on my next dream and I already failed once.  I am unsure how many more times I will fail given its magnitude. But what I am sure about is, I  will never stop iterating.

Howdy, from New Zealand.

I am Chaitanya, an Indian living in Auckland, New Zealand. We are a happy family. I work for a local technology company for my living. Among few others, WordPress and writing are my passions. This is why I am here 🙂

I started blogging with Blogger in 2006 and eventually reached Mecca of Blogging: WordPress. Most of my posts are on my other self hosted blog.

I am on for a specific reason- to make friends, learn and improve my writing.

Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
I am a perpetual learner. One of the many ways to learn is to take the good from what others are doing. This is why I read blogs. Over the past many years I met interesting people, learned valuable lessons and got some amazing inspiration from ordinary people like me. So my blog is my contribution to the blogging world. Because I hate to be a passive consumer and would like to share my stories with the world.

What topics do you think you’ll write about?
I write about my personal stories, interesting things that I come across my way, inspirational stories about myself and others, learning hacks and anything else I feel like sharing.

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
Fellow interesting people from across the world.

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?
Learn more about interesting and inspirational people, improve my writing, become a Pro.

The featured image is a section of the Crown Ranges Road between Queenstown and Wanaka in the beautiful New Zealand.