by Harsha Pattnaik, Age 13, India
When you search for the meaning of “writing” in the Oxford dictionary, you’ll find that writing is…
“The activity or skill of writing, a sequence of letters or symbols forming words.”
It is an understatement to say so. For me, writing means much more than simply jotting down words on a piece of paper.
Why do I write? Honestly, I don’t have an answer.
I simply write. I’ve been doing so since I was seven. Not to collect words or vomit a thesaurus on a paper, but because it makes me feel powerful. When I write, I create a different world where there are houses with secrets and people with traumatic pasts. Or even a cat who has a superpower.
I simply write.
Writing for me is magic. I add few characters, put life into them, add a sprinkle of emotions, breathe life into the concrete buildings and cottages, a story I can call my own. It’s a magical feeling.
What do I like best about writing?
Some may say it is the process of getting an idea on a paper, others may say it’s the sweet results after drafting and redrafting countless times. I like the entire process of writing: from getting an idea from my brain onto a paper or a Ms-Word Document and the countless redrafting.
It doesn’t matter if my story wins a prize or is published. For me, writing is an addiction, something that gives me joy. And I know I’m going to keep writing until I can’t pick up a pen (or type) anymore.
Harsha Pattnaik is a 13 year old writer from India.