My guide.

              It will soon be a year since I started writing.  That makes me just a year-old writer. An amateur. A secret I would like to share here, unabashedly. As I began to make my writing public, and as my friends began to praise me for my newly developed talent, I began to think of myself as some big shot writer! God, how I cringe at those memories! But, it has been my good fortune that I met a writer/blogger who brought me down to the ground and  changed  how I viewed my writing! And, it is solely because of this person that my writing underwent some drastic changes, or should I say improvements, for which I am ever so grateful to him! I happened to read a blog of another prolific writer wherein she mentioned her ‘mentor’ who, I guessed, had a lion’s share in refining her writing skills and I thought to myself that I, too, have a ‘mentor,’ a guide, who has been instrumental in fine-tuning my writing skills to a large extent. Of course, there is still a huge scope for improvement, no doubt, but I am sure I will be there, although not in his league, but somewhere nearby, for sure! Wishful thinking, eh?!
            And, thus, this post! Well, I had to thank him! 
             A tiny instance of my ignorance — I was in love with the ‘ellipses’, the three dots (…) that I would love using anywhere and everywhere, without knowing its actual use! My ‘guide’ pointed it out to me and how I was embarrassed! What a fool I had been! Out came my grammar book, which became my bible since then and opened my eyes to the blunders I had been committing! 
             We all need a critic who not only points out our flaws, but also helps in keeping our feet planted firmly to the ground, lest we make a complete fool of ourselves. And, I am so glad to have found just the person who pointed out my flaws, praised my writing if and only where needed and inspired me to  better myself and use the talent that I have been blessed with to the best of my ability.

             So, a big ‘thank you’ to you, my  dear friend, philosopher, guide! The journey has just begun, so this is not a farewell speech or anything of the sort. It is just something that  has been brewing inside my mind since quite some time. Thank you for your critiques and suggestions and also for your technical aid! What would I do without you?! 

Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

5 thoughts on “My guide.

  1. Really appreciate this post. Simply because I rarely comment on a post if I find too many flaws / errors in it. I'm glad you're among the ones who appreciate constructive criticism. Isn't easy, in the blogging universe. Many congrats on the almost year anniversary 🙂


  2. It must be nice to have someone around to point out the mistakes we make. I wish someone had done that for me .. 🙂 Congrats on your 1st year anniversary Shilpa.. May you celebrate many many more writing anniversaries.. 🙂


  3. The first paragraph could have been divided into two paragraphs — the first one about your beginnings and imminent bloggversary and the second one about you finding your 'guide'.

    Should have commas before 'who' and 'which' if they introduce phrases not necessary to identify the object.

    Ellipses is the plural of ellipsis. The pronoun should be in its plural form too.

    *its actual use

    *book, which became

    fool *i had

    Consider adding the dashes (em dash and en dash) to your arsenal.

    I see that you have used a hyphen in “A tiny instance of my ignorance – I was in love with the 'ellipses', […]” to separate a dependent clause from an independent. This would not be the job for either of the dashes and especially not the hyphen, but I think you intended to use '—'.

    I think it's ironic that you made so many mistakes in this post. 🙂

    I hope you keep getting better with time and soon become an author as you always wanted to be. May the force be with you.


  4. Dear Pawan,
    Thank you for pointing out the errors. I will make the corrections right now.

    When I wrote 'it's', I knew I had made a mistake, but wonder why I didn't correct it then and there!
    You are right about the '—'.

    I, too, think it is ironic I made so many mistakes in THIS post! :))
    WIll be a lot more careful next time.


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