An Update On My Relationship With Writing

Mahevash Shaikh looking content at her writing desk
Me and my decades-old writing desk

Back in September, I wrote about losing interest in the one thing I have loved for years: writing. It took me by shock because I never expected this to happen. While I have experienced writer’s block in the past, I never felt like giving up on writing. Until September 22, 2022. 

Thankfully, my love for writing returned sometime last month.

It’s not as strong as before (I think burnout is to blame) but it still gives me purpose. And I am immensely grateful that things have mostly returned to normal in this regard. Because who am I if not a writer? For as long as I can remember, love for the written word is an integral part of my identity. Years before I became a writer, I felt at home in the company of books. Okay, enough nostalgia for now.

I am still figuring out what to do next.

Who said I can’t do something else in addition to writing? Nobody! Speaking with career counselor Bhumika Phutela gave me a couple of options, some of which had never occurred to me. Her detailed and affordable psychometric test helped me understand my strengths, weaknesses, and what motivates me. The best part is, it gave me a unique list of careers well-suited for me. It was humbling to know that I had no idea about some of these career options. Now all I have to do is take each interesting option on a test drive. This is going to take plenty of time, patience, and trial and error. Wish me luck!

PS You can take the psychometric test here:

4 thoughts on “An Update On My Relationship With Writing”

  1. “Who am I if not a writer?” Don’t you think you are attaching way too much importance to your job? Sounds like an unhealthy attachment imo

    1. Okay, I know that sounds bad. But I don’t just write in exchange for money. I have been into journalling since I was 13. This quote best sums up why writing is so important to me:

      “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.”
      —Flannery O’Connor

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