Bismillah Hir Rahman Ir Raheem
I’ve been meaning to write this blog post a year ago when I started this blog to share the one event that truly inspired me to start my own blog but I couldn’t find the document I wanted to. Alhamdulillah I found it a few days ago.
It was about 2.5 years ago during my preparation for O-Level exams. I was taking tuition for English at an academy in my area. The teacher was really good. Quite loud but was very down-to-earth, very encouraging and motivating, guiding and inspiring us often to the point that she would tear up. I was having trouble in English grammar during creative writing where I’d lose most of my marks so I was very worried.
But one day, I was asking for a test paper my teacher checked and she asked me, “Did you write the really good descriptive essay?” I said, “I’m not sure.” She said, “That was a very good essay.” The next day, she was reading out my essay to the whole class, and was literally fan-girling over it, talking about every little detail that touched her and made her feel “Wow”. I was so happy and proud of myself. She recommended that I choose descriptive writing, if I feel I can do well in it in my exam. That was what I did.
I plan to write descriptive blog posts (although my previous ones were quite lengthy and descriptive 😛 )
This is the essay that motivated me to start my blog:
“Describe a place which is pleasant during the day but which is very different at night.
When one gazes at this masterpiece, a feeling of Heaven on earth is felt. These majestic creations are scattered all over the world, built like extremely tall towers overlooking the horizon. Who could ask for a better place to explore than the wonderful, beautiful mountains of the world?
In one mountain range, nature has expressed its creativity brilliantly by scattering vegetation all over the mountain like a large velvet sheet of bright green, with hints of dark brown chocolate-like colour of the soil seeping into view.
As you travel along this mountain, you are instantly attracted to the dazzling colours of the flowers, berries and fruits. Apples are as red as roses, blueberries as blue as the evening sky, sunflowers as bright and illuminating as the Sun. All these varieties give the surroundings a mixture of eye-catching colours similar to a painter’s palette, each with their tantalising aromas.
While you are gazing at this marvelous beauty, your ears suddenly catch the sounds of birds flying and chirping in their melodious tunes. Ducks quacking together like an orchestra, squirrels chasing each other like their lives depend on it. The voices of mountain goats calling out to each other are also spread across the mountain. To top it off, all the sounds and scents are swayed all over the mountain by a cool, fresh breeze, tickling the fresh bright green leaves of the trees, the fur of animals and the hair of the hikers.
Last but not the least, the splishing and splashing of water in the stream in the valley has its own soothing and relaxing effect as the water travels at high speed as if eager to reach its destination. All these wonderful elements of nature make the mountains a very pleasant place to be in.pleasant place to be in.
That is only by daytime. Then the Sun sets, allowing the darkness and the gloom of the night to overtake what was considered paradise by day. No person remains in the mountains when it gets dark, for they fear of never seeing the light of day again. All the predators which sleep at day are in action, eagerly stalking their prey. Snakes slither and meander towards their prey as the frog sits calmly near the stream. Until snap! The frog is no longer breathing. The same goes for the wolves with their razor-sharp teeth, strong figures and fierce intention as they launch on their prey; the goats, enjoying what is in their case, dinner.
The night is still. There is no breeze. No vibrant colours and fragrances and joyous feelings of watching the surroundings. Here it is survival of the fittest for those who can stand the dark haunting black shadow of the night. All the squirrels, butterflies, ducks, frogs and other innocent animals take refuge in their homes. There is no source of comfort. For the night is dark and full of terror.
This mountain, like any being, has its bright and dark side and if you wish to see the glory and beauty of this mountain and live to tell the tale, you should know which side to choose.”
After this, I really felt like I was a good writer, not just someone with ideas who is unable to pin it down on paper. 2 1/2 years later, I decided to start this blog, due to this and other motivational factors.
What was your one piece of writing that inspired you to write more? What inspired you to start your blog? Answer these questions in the comments
Allah Hafiz 😀