What Writing Takes – Advice from Jhumpa Lahiri

I love to read. Not because I am a writer. But because there is no better teacher.
Reading always gives me new ways to write. Opens new windows with better perspectives. Last week I finished reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest book ‘In Other Words’.
She is one writer I look up to when I need inspiration. If you’ve read her books, you’ll know why I say so.

‘In Other Words’ is her non-fiction debut. It’s her biography on her love for the Italian language. Her writing style is inspiring and I’m quite fond of her books. They’re almost an addiction. But somehow my thirst wasn’t quenched with this one. Nevertheless!

The novel is a chest of her personal struggles in learning the language. Her ideas in trying to overcome these struggles motivate enormously. Here is an extract, an advice for writers, something I could relate with; a good takeaway for any writer.

“I start with very short pieces, usually no more than a handwritten page. I try to focus on something specific: a person, a moment, a place. I do what I ask my students to do when I teach creative writing. I explain to them that such fragments are the first steps to take before constructing a story. I think a writer should observe the real world before imagining a nonexistent one.”

Soon I shall review the book over at my book blog.
For now, I shall spend time with my birthday gift that arrived early –
♥ The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor by Gabriel Garcia Marquez  ♥


Asha Seth

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  1. I don’t read books as such, but do check out financial articles on websites and magazines. I am an active trader so that helps with my investments.

    Good to see what you love. Keep reading and writing.

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  2. See I am stalking you. 😉
    Actually I have got tired of liking every other post of yours that I go through, and even you must have got little tired of receiving the same kind of comments from me. But what to do? I got to appreciate what I like reading.
    Well, I liked this article too. 😀 🙂

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    1. I’m far from being tired. I’m loving your thoughts. Keep stalking, nothing’s more exciting than reading your mind through as you scatter your words around. 😛 Be around, sweety. 🙂

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  3. Do you speak another language besides English? I am always fascinated by the thinking processes of people who speak multiple languages: how they form thoughts, what language they use when thinking, when they slip into their different tongues.

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    1. Yes, I do speak a few regional languages. I wish to learn a foreign language. I too find languages so fascinating. I have always learnt that languages are so rich and hold eternal secrets, only those who acquaint with them, are let in on the secret. 🙂


  4. Great post! It’s reading that got me into writing. Reading all those wonderful stories made me feel motivated to create a world of my own.

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    1. That’s the best part about books. As another of the author’s quotes says – “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” 🙂 Nice to meet you dear!

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  5. Studies Studies and Studies
    Only Study books fatty fatty
    There is nothing more I can do
    Have to get inside these study books
    Project Project Project always at research centre project has come half way
    No time to read books other than study books
    Thank God I have this blog book

    Thank you so much dear Asha for sharing the info I am making the list of books I have to read ☺

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  6. I like the extract. The real world offers a lot of inspiration in constructing the perfect fictional one. Great piece. It might sound a little wacky but I love the catcher in the rye. Its an amazing read and the way of writing is exactly how a troubled teen would think. Its not enough to imagine the characters, need to breathe life into them as well.

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“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” ― James A. Michener

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