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Today’s #WritewithOSMe initiative’s focus was to write three things about ourselves, with two of them being true and the third one untrue. The readers need to guess which bit stems from the depths of falsity. So here is an opportunity to know one of your co-bloggers here at OS.ME and filter the authentic from the fake!

  1. I have edited a self-published book: One of my close friends is an idea factory who from time to time thinks up great ideas (and some of which may not exactly be very practical!). He has dabbled in ventures ranging from managing the interiors of friends who have bought new flats to selling desserts at snack parlours with high footfall.
    Once upon a time he was planning on publishing a book that would detail the next big ideas that any budding entrepreneur could readily use to build a new business. While his ideas are great, he was not confident about their communication to  the world. He asked me if I could help him shape his book into a better and readable version. I read the version that he handed me as a first draft that had lots of slang and people-speak that would fly in a water cooler chat but wouldn’t fly when presenting them as actionable ideas in a book. It helped that he trusted me to give him edits that overrode his original draft. Metaphorically, I dotted the i’s and cross the t’s and made sure to keep the book conversational yet convey the key message in each chapter. I restructured the text, broke up large text chunks and made logical transitions from one paragraph to the next.
    This was a self-published book so I cannot claim to be and editor of a book topping a chart that you have heard of. But it was very satisfying because one, I helped a close friend with what mattered to him; and two, I put to use my years of knowledge and experience of blogging, reading of sentence structuring, flow, logic and presentability to produce something that the producer of the book was happy with. 
  2. I have completed 5 half marathons and am preparing for a full marathon: I have been running since my school days, sometimes representing my school group and my school in multiple competitions. This carried on in my university days as well.
    Initially my races were limited to fast dashes but as I have matured and understood my own strengths and weaknesses I have realized the ranges that I can compete in with it. I have understood that I can no longer put my body through the rigmaroles of a fast race where the stress on the knees, foot and lungs is immense. In addition, you need to train for that in quite a different manner.
    The body, food and endurance requirements of a race such as a half marathon is different from that of a quick dash. If you research them on the Internet, it is easy to start preparing for a half marathon. In addition, if you have a partner or friend who also has the same objectives then it becomes easier to prepare.
    The above points have led me to focus on half marathons, of which I have completed 5 since the pandemic has ended. The fact that organisers across the UK have been on an overdrive to restart all half and full marathons after the restrictions has been a boon. I have tested myself against my earlier timings. I wouldn’t say I have done great but exceedingly I have managed to beat my scores. I am now looking to prepare for a full marathon and hopefully be ready for that after the second half of next year!
  3. I don’t have a Netflix account:  If you have read the book titled ‘Deep Work’ (I haven’t, I rely on summaries many times to get the essence of great writing pieces), you will understand that it is very important to be able to focus in today’s world where it is so easy to be distracted. You have emails pouring in, pings from your team members and your friend asking you on messenger apps for your view on the latest news article that challenges your current convictions. To top it, you will see that you are ultimately a consumer of all media – you see YouTube videos, you view Instagram posts, you like Facebook updates and you comment your professional views on LinkedIn. You do not create any meaningful content.
    Consuming media is good as a prompt to write your thoughts in the form of reviews or comments. However, if you keep on viewing the latest craze amongst the movie or series reviewers through your Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney or other accounts you aren’t really producing any new content. To do that, you need to take a step back and limit your viewing, giving time to write content or create art when it suits your schedule.
    I will admit that this wasn’t really the thought earlier, but as I have progressed in age and experience I, and more importantly, my spouse has questioned on what we are doing with our talents and interests.
    This has prompted me to limit my membership only to Amazon Prime. I don’t have a Netflix account and if required I ask a family member or friend to share theirs’. And in these times of hyperinflation, it gives you that much more allowance to save. This is why I have decided (with my spouse) to limit our OTT subscriptions and instead focus on bettering ourselves in what we want to create or grow as a interest area.

One of the above points is not true. If you are laser-sharp focused, you may be able to identify the untrue one. Let me know that in the comments section and your reasons for saying so! To read more about other bloggers who have participated in this initiative, search with the keyword ‘#WritewithOSMe’.