J – Just because I like to write! #AtoZ


A to Z Blogging Challenge

“I told the Universe, that I was committed to living a creative life, not in order to save the world, not to become famous, not to prove to my family that I was worthy…but simply because I liked it.”

_Elizabeth Gilbert in ‘Big Magic’.

If you have read this gorgeously inspiring book by the author of ‘Eat Pray Love’, Elizabeth Gilbert, then you will have come across these words that instil in you a sense of confidence to keep moving towards your goals.

If you haven’t read the book, then I would suggest you read it, right away!

My dear friend, Shailaja, gifted me this book  to help  me pick myself up when I lose trust in myself and my capabilities.  And, for that, I will forever be indebted to her.

Those lines from the book reminded me why I began writing in the first place. Or, creating art!

An old friend of mine had gifted me ‘The Artist’s Way’, by Julia Cameron, which prompted me to pick up my pen after a gap of many years, and write.

The love for writing was always there, but I was stifling the urge to write, fearing it to be a waste of time; fearing ridicule, and, wondering if it was of any use, at all!

It’s what most of us experience, isn’t it?

As a newbie blogger, I would read fabulous posts by other bloggers, and wonder if my writing was worthy of sending out into the world; and,  if it really mattered what I  wrote.

If you, too,  wonder what use your words are, or if they matter at all, then assure yourself that, yes, your words are precious and they do matter. To YOU.

Blogging for the sake of joining the bandwagon will, frankly, not take you far. But, writing  because you like it, will!  It will leave you feeling gratified.

Your love for writing will reflect in every word you choose. In every emotion you express.

So, on days when you feel low; or when you wonder if blogging is really worth it, or  if your family will ever regard your work with respect,  do yourself a favour.

Sit down and write.

Not to prove a point to your family that you aren’t wasting your time, or to earn a hundred Likes and a thousand bucks.

But, because the act of writing makes you come alive.

Because it brings a smile to your lips and  fills your heart with contentment.

Because it helps you pour out your emotions and your thoughts, and leaves you feeling relieved.

Because it gives you the happiness that nothing and no one in this world ever can.

And, finally, because your writing will always belong to you. it’s not something that will abandon you, betray you, or break your heart. But, something that will mend your broken heart, heal your wounds, cheer you up and lead you to your happiness!


Happy blogging!





If you indulge in any other art, then replace the word ‘write’ with that art. And, do it with all your heart, because you like it!



DO it because you WANT to do it, because it gives you JOY!


April 2018 A to Z blogging Challenge

My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time  I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began. 

You will find all of my A to Z posts here.


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!

29 thoughts on “J – Just because I like to write! #AtoZ

  1. Your thoughts so resonate on this beautiful mid week morning. Writing is my Ikigai 😊❤️
    Such a well written post that will inspire many who refuse to take their writing and creativity forward. I’m dying to lay my hands on Big Magic. And I don’t want a Kindle copy.
    Roma you studied in Pantnagar! Small world indeed. I grew up there and my father was the Dean at the Agriculture college. I was born in Pantnagar too. So my heart and soul belongs there. Last year one of my A-Z posts was dedicated to Pantnagar. I’m so glad I read this heartfelt post of yours. Lovely gratitude.


  2. Beautiful post Shilpa. I like the way you started the post. not for the sake of challenge, one really has to write for the passion. You may want to drop by mine, you are welcome to share your thoughts.

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  3. I honestly haven’t read both books! But i love the ideology and concept behind it. It’s something I guess I’ve been doing subconsciously at some level.

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  4. I love this line—- “And, finally, because your writing will always belong to you. it’s not something that will abandon you, betray you, or break your heart. But, something that will mend your broken heart, heal your wounds, cheer you up and lead you to your happiness!”. True my writing will only heal me and it healed me a lot. Thanks for this beautiful sentence Shilpz..love and hugs dear


  5. I have read Eat Pray Love and watched it too and have Artist’s Way which is lying untouched on my book shelf. Must pick it up.
    Agree completely, you must write if you love doing it… not for comments or likes, but for the joy it brings to you. Also it is said that if you love doing something, you will do it well.

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  6. So glad you were convinced to write Shilpa because you are so good at it. I love reading your warm and personal posts which cheer me up all the time. Love the creative zen tangle ones too. I haven’t heard of this book and have noted for a further review check. Happy writing 🙂

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  7. Your post happened to me when I was struggling with myself, Shilpa. A to Z Challenge has ushered in a whole lot of experiences. Was I writing to please myself or was I writing to please the gallery? Thought of living up to the expectations of others was weighing heavily on my soul.
    This morning during the yoga session, I reassured myself that I must write because I love to write and not to win any accolades or to prove myself. The moment this thought crawled in, I found myself relieved and ready to go ahead with the rest of the challenge.
    Your post reinforced my thought and strengthened my resolve to keep on writing till I draw pleasure from it!

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  8. So true. First comes the motive, and that ignites the motivation. You need to work for a motive that comes from within. Only then can it last.
    I’m glad that you stuck to writing despite your fears. I have witnessed such improvements in your writing. And it will only continue!
    Keep writing, Shilpa. Because we all like your writing.

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    1. Thank you Pawan!!

      The improvements have been thanks to some friends, like you, who pointed out the areas I needed to work on… Still do!

      Yeah, I am glad too that I found the motive… The need to work on something that made me feel good about myself.

      Thank you for visiting! 🙏


  9. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I started blogging because i was fascinated by the feeling of freedom i felt when my fingers grazed the keyboard. I have been in love ever since. A very unique experience. Loved this post. Thanks once again. God bless!!

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    1. It is really that simple, but we tend to complicate things. I wonder why we don’t do things that we like just because we like! We attach people’s opinions, expectations and what-not and ruin it for ourselves. That’s the reason I wrote this post. It is for me to remember to write, to create for myself…just for myself and for my happiness!

      I am glad you could relate to my thoughts. You are most welcome to re-read whenever you wish to. I will be re-reading it, too! 🙂

      Thank you for visiting!


  10. I started writing because I wanted to pour all my pent up emotions and thoughts somewhere. Even till date I havn’t been able to gain the kind of readership that would be considered a hit, yet with over 100 posts to my credit, I feel like a winner to myself.

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    1. See,your last line? That’s what should really matter, MT! Not the number of Likes, or the hits your blog receives. I know how you must feel about the traffic. I feel so too. But, most of the times, I just feel good that I can write my thoughts, express my feelings and find a release for my pent up emotions. And, while doing so, I find a lot of improvement in the way I write, too. And, for me, that is what matters most! The traffic will increase with time, with the content you post. But, at the end of the day, it’s your satisfaction and your happiness that will matter most!

      Keep going, girl! Wish you the best!


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