I have heard time and again, people calling themselves “writers” because they have impeccable spelling and grammar. I have heard so many people who say that they have a large pool of words in their vocabulary bank, and that is what makes them capable of writing.

Please do not undermine the glorious art of writing. It is way more than that. Writing is a form of self-expression. Using extravagant language is not the way to impress a reader.

A writer is the person who has his or her brows furrowed and hunching over a notepad, letting thoughts flow with ease and grace onto a blank piece of paper. When he or she is done, the words that have formed on the paper tell a story of joy, sorrow, pain, heartache, suffering and jubilation. Writing is about inspiring others and moving them to tears or making them laugh. Writing is about getting another person to agree or disagree with you. Writing is about making your readers think and question everything they have ever thought of.

A writer is not someone who can put 10 bombastic words into one sentence. A writer is not someone who forms sentences that confuse people, and a writer is not someone who writes for the sake of writing. A writer is neither a person with robotically impeccable language, nor is a writer someone who can string perfect sentences, but do not affect readers.

I cannot call myself a writer. I can only aspire to be one, just as many others do. I am nothing but a humble reader, looking up to people who have inspired me through the words they have strung.

Author: Natalie Ha

I remember being enthralled with the written word ever since my parents started reading fairytales to me at a young age. Seeing the power it has to influence behaviours and mindsets, I have learned, over the years, to translate my thoughts onto paper, in an attempt to positively disrupt the lives of others. Having my written works published in various forms of media has empowered me to weave stories that people can resonate with. I look forward to the life-long process of perfecting this craft, and hope to see my work touch the hearts of many in the future. This blog attempts to do just that - and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy penning it down.

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