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Inspiring The Next Writers

Writers who don’t proofread their work because they have editors/proofreaders are like coders who don’t write tests because there’s a QA team. Do you know what happens if coders don’t write tests? Planes crash, machines go crazy and people may die 🙂

I regularly read Mauritian news online but with time, it has become less interesting to do so. I find many  (not all!) of the articles lackluster, sprinkled with grammar and spelling mistakes. My eyes tend to glaze over. To be fair, Canadian and American press also suffer from the same plague. One could argue that my expectations have gone up with time, but I’m not sure that’s the case. It bothers me when newspapers don’t hold high standards regarding the articles they publish. They are supposed to be authoritative sources of information! I wish people would at least proofread their work, ensure their verbs are properly conjugated and their sentences are proper.

When I was a student, I used to read the papers (English and French) to find new words and different ways of expressing ideas. Bhishmadev Seebaluck’s “Dear Shakespeare” column was a staple in my weekly English diet. I would underline new words or interesting expressions and add them to my copybook, complete with definitions and examples. I would review them every now and then to refresh my memory, and these articles are what got me ranked in the top 10 in General Paper in my year. I am incredibly grateful to great journalists and writers who, through their work, have enticed me into pursuing eloquence and, by extension, excellence.

Columnists like Bhishmadev Seebaluck have inspired many readers (including myself) to develop vocabulary, creativity, and mastery of language. Writing is an art and a profession. Isn’t it the goal of every artist to inspire others through their work? How can you inspire the next generation when your articles read like the noise in your head? Of course, it would be over-the-top to have every article à la “Dear Shakespeare”, but a little effort in language mastery would go a long way to inspire the next generation of writers in Mauritius. The arts are so underrated in our educational culture already. There are many passionate young writers budding in our midst who could use some encouragement. So if you are a writer, please, be an articulate writer. We want to look up to you.

Some Mauritian writers who make me proud (I’ll add to this list as I find more):
Bhishmadev Seebaluck
Ananda Devi
Jacques K. Lee

Written Therapy

I just published a bunch of posts that were sitting in my drafts since as far back as 2010. I think they all have something in common. They were posts that I wrote when things were not going so well, and usually I try to keep my posts positive. I think it’s okay for me to indulge in some negativity/uncertainty every now and then, don’t you think?

Writing usually helps me articulate my thoughts so usually I tend to have a “solution” of some sort in the post simply because I found my solution. I suppose the recent posts are examples of when writing didn’t actually bring me to a conclusion but the process always helps nonetheless.

I’m looking forward to my songwriting session in a few hours. It’s funny but two decades later, still nothing else cheers me up like longitudinal waves hitting my eardrums with just the right frequency and rhythm. Songwriting is like performing magic. Creating something out of seemingly nothing. Turning lows into highs every time life makes a dent on us (or others!). The pen is like a magician’s hat. You never know what will come out of it.

Here again

I remember staying up late to write, furiously capturing memories while they are fresh. One day, I hoped, it could help me understand youth better. I remember staying up also because I wanted to listen to that song one more time. I remember believing in fate and “everything happens for a reason”. I remember hardly believing he was actually  flirting with me. I remember knowing it was doomed before it even started and still trying to go as far as I could. I was never one to leave stones unturned.  I am reminded that I’m now somewhere similar. Things will get better.  I will trust again some day. Maybe even faith. I just have to write my way through it. Another album or an anthology perhaps. 

Work in progress – "Should’ve Known Better"

In the singers playground workshop today, Micah talked about us artists being very childish sometimes about our wants and need, and the fact that we blame the wrong people for us being stuck. While my problem is quite different, I was reflecting about that and this came up. PS: PLZ leave some comments, I’d love some honest feedback/ suggestions

Should’ve Known Better (work in progress, recording 5) by sherrylynnlee

[verse 1]

Oh I know, I should’ve tried harder I know, sometimes Am
I act like a child when I’m bitter G
Oh I know, I could’ve done better I know, my mind Am
Is the one that has been, holding back G

[prechorus 1]
I tried to change everything around me to fit me Am G F
Yeah I tried to change everyone around me except me.. Am G F


Should’ve known better Am G
Should’ve tried harder on at things that matter Am G F
Didn’t know better Am G
Than to try to change and blame everything Am G F
Around me, except me, almost lost it all F G Am G F
Should’ve known better E

[verse 2]
I burned, many chances
Holding on to my fears like treasure
I’ve learned, through the dances
That I To let go of pride to find pleasure

[prechorus 2]
Now I’m trying to change everything so I see, why I’m stalling
And I’m trying to change so I see, everything you are

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