A journey of self-discoveryMay 20, 2016
Writing a book was nothing like I expected it to be. I’ve never been one to really struggle with my words, especially when it comes to putting them down on paper. But if I had to describe the experience of writing a book for the first time, in two words, I would say, ‘challenging and exhilarating’.
I’ve always loved challenges, but this was probably one of the hardest things I have done in my life and yet one of the most fulfilling. I’m used to writing blogs and essays, and I’ve always had a passion for writing. But when I put ‘write a book’ on my list of ‘things to do before I die’, I never thought I would actually write a book. Not this soon at least. Not at 21. I also never anticipated the amount of work that gets put into it or all the times that I had writers block.
I think it was also a little different for me because I was writing about myself. This made the process not just emotional but also sometimes boring- I was the subject of the book- I knew the start and the end! But it was an amazingly rewarding experience also, because of how much I was able to heal through it. I was able to look back at life and realise how much I’ve grown and how much I’ve learnt to let go. I was able to realise my own weaknesses and how to better work on them.
I also learnt the value of a team- my editors and publishers, family and friends all of them who saw potential in me and pushed me till my goal was achieved. I cannot be more grateful. Being a first time author is a scary experience! I learnt to face my fears with an incredible group of people to back me up!
Writing a book helped me grow up in more ways than I imagined. I learnt to set time aside to do what’s important and I learnt that there’s an art in self-disclosure. I learnt that healing takes time and that love is found in more ways than one. More importantly, writing a book reignited my love for art and all the imagination it involves.
But the most important thing that this process taught me was appreciation for all those who have gone before me and all those who are currently in the industry. The people who bring imagination to our doorsteps everyday and those who painstakingly proof read so that we can enjoy the books in our hands on those rainy days.
As much as this was one of the toughest projects I have ever done, I would never change it for the world.
Would I do this again? Absolutely!