Showing posts with label Small Learnings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Small Learnings. Show all posts

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

15 Crutch Words that Can Ruin Your Well-framed Sentences

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Read a very nice write-up in Dictionary.com about common 6 fillers in the English language, and I can totally relate to it. I have come across many people who like to use crutch words or fillers in their sentences. Not only is the excessive usage of these words distracting, but also takes away the essence of your content, and makes it sound unpolished.

Some of the notorious fillers I have come across are:
  1. Actually

  2. Basically

  3. Literally

  4. Really

  5. Apparently

  6. Obviously

  7. Honestly

  8. Like

  9. So

  10. To be fair

  11. You Know

  12. I mean

  13. You Know

  14. Kind of

  15. Hmm..
I am sure you would agree that using these words repetitively in the sentence can get amusing for the listeners or readers, and mar your credibility as a writer or speaker.

If you also have come across any other such crutch words, leave a comment below and share your experiences.

Happy learning!

Love and Live,

Neha Agrawal

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

What's Your Identity?

what is your identity - WriterCommitsThe world we are living in is changing. People are less tolerant and more vocal about their opinions than ever before, thanks to the easy access to technology. It’s very easy to voice thoughts on Facebook, and disagree with others in the name of freedom of speech, but when we do that, we forget that we are somehow intruding into somebody else’s freedom of speech!

There was a time when I used to voice my opinions and try to justify with people who disagreed. But, I have realized that it’s all very trivial. The bigger problem in doing so on a regular basis is that it soon becomes your identity!

Yes, it’s not just your name, caste, religion, ethnicity or skin color that forms your identity. Our thoughts and actions actually form a bigger part of who we are.

I am not against voicing opinions, but assuming that everyone would and should be on your side is na├»ve. The beauty of living in a society is accepting different views and finding a middle path. Don’t let your identity be pigeonholed by preconceived notions. You have the capability to grow much beyond and let your actions do the talking.

Live and Love,

Neha Agrawal

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Winners Never Quit. Really?

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I was fumbling through the pages, when I came across a headline, “Winners Don’t Quit”.

I was into this hibernation, where I had not posted anything on my blog for a long time, and if anyone asked me the reason, I had an excuse ready – “My hectic schedules are keeping me totally occupied, leaving me with no time to sleep, forget writing, life is tough, you know!!” And, trust me I used to say it with such a conviction that most of the people would fall for it.

And somehow, I had started believing in my own statement! I guess people rightly say that if you repeat a lie 99 times, at 100th instance you somehow start believing in it yourself!

So, this headline made me ponder.

Am I a LOSER? Am I more than busy than the busiest of the people in the world? Or am I being plain lazy? After all, I love writing, and how long can it take to write a few lines?

That’s when I determined that no matter what, I have to follow my passion, and shine above the cloud of laziness encircling my life. I decided to quit my laziness and become a winner again…

This thought made me realize something else as well. It’s not that winners never quit, they are humans and can fall at times. But, they know how and when to bounce back again by quitting the very reason that led to their fall.

Quit the very reason, person, or situation that is pushing you back and making you quit your dreams. Always remember, that nothing in the word is worth your dreams!

WHO SAYS QUITTING IS EVIL OR BAD?

If someone says Winners Never Quit, they are LYING.

Winners Quit, but they QUIT the WRONG STUFF at the RIGHT TIME!

Love and live,

Neha Agrawal.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Writing lessons from the Indian Festival of Colors

 

Writercommits - Writing lessons from the Indian Festival of ColorsAs soon as we hear the word “festival”, our heart gets filled with joy and profound happiness, as festivals signify celebration and family time. Festivals give us the much-needed break from our monotonous hectic schedules and mundane tasks, and allow us to be with our near and dear ones, and do the things we love to do, or are rather longing to do.

There is a popular Indian festival of colors, called HOLI, which is celebrated every year around February or March with great fervor. It’s quite similar to the Spain’s “La Tomatina Festival”, with the difference that it’s played using organic / artificial colors in India, rather than tomatoes!

We can learn a lesson or two from everything in life, and Holi is one such festival that not only spreads happiness but can also help us become a better writer.

5 Things to Learn from Holi:

1. Embrace unity - Holi soaks everyone in the colors of life; be it children or adults, and unites people irrespective of their caste, creed or financial status. Write a content that is universal in appeal and unites people, rather than creating boundaries or anguish among communities (stay clear of cultural stereotypes while writing).

2. Use all possible colors – Imagine wearing one color all your life! Life becomes boring if it is monotonous, and so does writing. Add different colors to your writing by displaying different emotions in the written word. Be informative, add suspense, sprinkle a touch of humor, preach a little, and be silly sometimes.

3. Organic is the way to go – Artificial colors ruin your skin, and that’s what plagiarized content does to your reputation. Be organic in your thoughts, though you can seek inspiration for writing.

4. Be unpredictable – The charm of holi lies in its unpredictability. You never know when someone is going to splash color on your face, throw water or give you an impromptu hug. Similarly in writing, you started losing it the moment your readers start making predictions about your next topic. Surprise your readers, and offer them content they were not expecting out of you.

5. Have Fun – Last but not the least, have fun while writing just like you enjoy celebrating festivals. Don’t write just because you have to, but because you love doing it, and you will end up creating your best work!

Happy writing,

Neha Agrawal.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Need Inspiration for Writing?

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Motivational gurus are prospering because we all seek motivation and a little push to achieve unbelievable heights. Inspiration is great form of motivation that encourages us to try something new that can in turn inspire others and satiate our creative instinct.

Writers often suffer from writer’s block, and seek inspiration in some form or another.  Often we are stuck at finding a suitable title for our post, or are uncertain on what line to start our essay with.

If you are suffering from writer’s block, it’s time to chill, grab your IPod, and listen to your favorite song/songs! Yes, you heard it right, trust me, it will work!

Take a line from a song that you love or connect with. Now forget the song, and turn that line into the title or inspiration for your post.

Writing is not as difficult as it may look! Give it a try at least.

 Live and love,

Neha Agrawal.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Keep Your Writing Simple

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I like reading works of accomplished writers, but what makes me really happy are the stories meant for kids! I am not kidding, that’s true…

I guess it’s the simplicity of these short stories that hook me and make me happy. We all know difficult words and jargons, and keep on reading them every now and then; but sometimes it’s great to send your grey cells on a short vacation and enjoy free flowing content. It’s like relishing your favorite Ice Cream Sundae when everyone else thinks you are on a diet!

The basic idea of writing is ‘sharing thoughts’; and if usage of heavy-duty words make your laborious piece of writing incomprehensive, what’s the point in taking so much pain?

If you want to make your writing strike a chord among your readers; KEEP IT SWEET AND SIMPLE!

Don’t confuse your readers with multiple plots, rapped slangs, oxymoron and abbreviation; transform your ideas into simple plots and present them in the form of a simple yet captivating story.

We all want an easy life, hassle free work environment, easy money, and simple & sweet friends. Don’t we? Isn’t it the simplicity that all of us want in our lives? Then why should your writing be all complicated?

KISS principle not only applies to designing, it finds coherence in all walks of life, and the same is true for writing as well. So, let your words flow straight from your heart, like an uninhibited spring from the mountains; I guarantee you will be astonished by the impact it creates.

Words and people are best appreciated when they are simple!

Live and love,

Neha Agrawal.