I hope to encourage all you start-up writers to follow your writing dream. Writing is a unique ability – get immersed and you will face a lot of haters. You need to have confidence in your strengths and silently prove them wrong. Call it a cliche, but a pen in your hand can be a very powerful tool. I have a plate on my writer’s desk that says – “Shut your Mouth and Write”. Writing can be the vibe that livens up your ordinary day or open doors to your future. It can also be a channel for you to express yourself – a piece of paper can be your best friend sometimes.
“If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That strain again! It had a dying fall:
O, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour!” – Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)
Why ‘The N effect’?
Psychologically, the N effect refers to a concept where there would be less competition if there were more competitors.
Today, writing as a profession may appear very competitive. However, more writers have deconstructed the canon of writing, creating newer forms of writing. Rules are no longer followed and experimentation is the way to go. Within genres, there may be close competition, but everyone has adapted within their niche preferences.
This must not appear discouraging to upcoming writers. Writing is a passion – a passion that should be taken up with a great amount of zeal and challenge. It wouldn’t be a challenge if it fizzled out soon. Write like it is your calling; Write with a passion that involves your being and your imagination. Ignore your haters and learn from your critics. Shine on.