Friday, August 03, 2007

"Do or do not... there is no try"- Yoda

Its been a while since I last posted. Where have I been? Let's see: Taking the bar exam, freaking out because a glitch almost prevented it from being graded resulting in an overnight vigil, sleeping and then sleeping some more, reading the final Harry Potter, and Khalid Hussein's latest novel, scrap booking, making tea on the hour every hour and consuming massive quantities of watermelon (an admittedly odd combination), cleaning the kitchen, and the tub, cooking, resuming running 2 miles a day, rewatching Veronica Mars in Spanish! Studying for the ethics exam on the 10th of August. And best of all writing. Really writing fictional fiction I've talked about, and complained about and feared for so long but finally started doing. Its so hard to shut the critics in my head up as they stand over my shoulder disapprovingly clucking at the words and thoughts that flow onto the page. But I have decided that even if my inner critic is correct, that I can't do it, I must try and I must try by doing, because thinking to try will get me nowhere, but trying to do might.

Be back soon.

12 comments:

mystic-soul said...

I am glad to hear that. I think your writing will have a style of Jhumpa lahiri type writing. Reading your blog I somehow sense that !

Baji said...

Yea! Write your little heart out!

Jane said...

So happy to hear you are finally writing! Good for you! Tell those critics to shut up--they don't know what they are talking about. And if they don't believe you, just tell them to look at all the readers and admirers you have here. Don't let your little demons ruin this for you.

Azmaaish said...

Trying just might! But I know how hard it is, every page I have ever written has been erased by the internal critic. Even ideas are pushed out by critic man before they hit paper! I wish we could shut him up somehow.

Bee Amma said...

hey how was khalid hosseini's new book? I read the kite runner and loved it but wasnt sure if the other book would be good?

Aisha said...

Mystic thanks for the encouragement, I dont know about Lahiri, but hey it still feels good to hear that :)

Baji- thanks :0)

Azmaaish, this is the first time I've been sort of successful, and you just ignore it and continue writing, its a first draft its supposed to be just that, a draft. good luck to you!

Bee amma, its really good. Its about the lives of women. I dont know how If eel about the ending but its still a really well written story.

hema said...

i'm reading the kite runner at the moment. i'm not sure what i think of it yet..
what did you think of the epligoue in harry potter..
good luck with the writing. hope you post some up soon?? would love to read it.x

poetic muslim said...

asalam alaykum ! stumbled on your blog , I love writing and one day I want to write fictional stories and I refuse to let my insecuritys come in my way . and dont let the critics do either .

aisha said...

haha we are twins! I had ordered harry potter and the latest hosseini book together. I gulp down tea in the gallons and cleanse the taste with watermelon :p though you have taught I acted as a volunteer to become a teacher one day...decided against it and am now back to studies...sniff and we share names too...aisha with an I no ye thankoo very much.

You write awesome :) inshaAllah one day I shall

Aisha said...

hema, the epilogue STANK! I was very very disappointed by it. Did you like it? I did like the ending before the epilogue though, did you like the ending minus epilogue?And Kite Runner is one of my favorites though those who find it hokey.. i do see where they are coming from.

Poetic Muslim, thank you for your encouragement :)

Aisha! HOW WEIRD... i was JUST thinking how no Aisha has ever commented in my three years of blogging and now you comment :) Welcome to the blog and thanks for leaving a comment :)

Anonymous said...

You simply must read Anne LaMott's "Bird By Bird". It's a book for writers that will have you in laughing fits--and at the same time, inspired to write. :)

Aisha said...

I read that book... some things about her book i didnt like, but the book was overall decent, thanks for the tip!

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