5 things that I learnt from the BWW writing workshop by Ankita Singh
Classroom learning? Uggggh.
I have hated classroom learning since school, all through my post-graduation. Nothing against my genuinely amazing and inspiring teachers, but I have always felt that anything worth learning did not occur in a classroom. Until 2020, when I took the BWW 8 week writing workshop.
Every class of the workshop tickled my curiosity. I admired the different ways in which people perceive the same world that I inhabit. Most of all, as the course progressed, I learnt as much about life as I did about writing. Come to think of it, what applies to life applies to writing too, and vice-versa!
Here are 5 lessons that I learnt in the writing workshop:
1. Show. Don’t Tell.
Don’t tell me you are my friend or that you care for me. Hug me when I need it. Tell me I am wrong when I am so. Make me breakfast sometimes. Let me hold your hand when you are scared.
2. Let Go…
Let go of that fear of being judged for bad writing. A lotus blooms in the midst of muddy water. You’ve got to look at that muck to enjoy the beauty of that flower.
Let go of that worry of how this piece will turn out. A river never worries if it won’t meet the sea. It just flows.
Let go of that control that you have to write this piece. Open up to the possibility that the idea and the words will find you, the moment you are ready.
3. Make it Your Process
Feeling distracted? Use that as a point of enquiry. Build it into your narrative, or the details.
Not feeling like it? Dig a little deeper. Find that real reason and be true to it.
Too many things happening in your life? Show that chaos, the excitement, the confusion, the intense pain, and the delusions in your words.
4. Undress your Vulnerability
It’s ok to give your weakness or gullible side a massive hug in your writing. Vulnerability is an excellent GPS to navigate the deep seas of writing.
5. Nothing is Not Worth Telling
A person walking into a room holds as much a story as an elephant running wild on a street. There is a story in the most mundane detail of our lives. All it needs is a little bit of observation and touch of perspective!
Find yourself in your writing and then lose yourself to it!
Bio: These days Ankita calls herself a content designer mostly because she is writing and curating content for few small businesses. She loves the idea of storytelling, especially for introducing theoretical concepts. She hopes to write stories about local festivals and the accompanying festive food across India. For now she is happy trying out the recipes in her kitchen!