From Math to Metaphors: A Writer’s Evolution
Hello there! Namaste!
It’s your friendly neighbourhood wordsmith, Seethalakshmi (aka) Preethi! From Maths to metaphors, my journey to becoming a writer was like going from a calculator to a paintbrush. I didn’t start off as a writer, but I guess you could say I had a way with words – kind of like how a toddler has a way with crayons.
I hold a post-graduate degree in Maths, and my career began as a subject matter expert with Chegg. I authored solutions to US-based academic textbooks and later worked as a Maths tutor, handling diploma and engineering maths.
I was content and happy but then, my autoimmune condition (ITP) decided to have a party in my body, leaving me feeling like a deflated balloon. It was like my body was saying, “Hey, let’s shake things up a bit and see what other talents you have hiding in there!”
Before I transitioned to become a freelance writer, I actually dabbled in a bit of Helen O’Grady! I taught drama at the Sanskriti school in Pune, and let me tell you, I had the time of my life unleashing my inner child with those kids. We danced, we acted, we played, and we had more fun than you can imagine! Sadly, my energy levels just couldn’t keep up with the job.
That’s when I stumbled upon my love for writing. I started off small, crafting poems for functions like a poetry-generating machine. Also, it turned out to be the prime reason for this website to come to life. Soon enough, I was writing speeches, and web copies, designing portfolios, and even transcribing audio and video for the Tamil Nadu government projects like a pro.
I didn’t have a literature degree, but who needs that when you’ve got a way with words as I do? And with each new opportunity that came my way, I learned and grew as a writer. While other people were hitting the gym, I was hitting the thesaurus – you can never have too many synonyms, right?
I like to think of myself as a professional bookworm. I mean, what better way to learn the craft of writing than by devouring as many books as possible, right? From children’s literature to spiritual tomes, from poetry to fiction and non-fiction, I read it all – in English and Tamil, no less!
I’ve been flexing my writing muscle by regularly blogging about poetry, perspectives, sustainability, books, parenting, gardening, and my autoimmune condition. It’s like a workout for my brain – but with less sweat and more words.
While this website, Promising Poetry, is exclusively reserved for everything poetry, you can catch my other musings over at http://www.sustainablelearnings.com. It’s where I get personal and spill the tea on all my quirks and passions – from sustainable living to my crafting obsession with upcycling junk.
My journey as a writer has been a collaborative effort – from the writing courses I took to the communities like Kids book cafe and Blogchatter that helped me grow. And with the support of my readers and clients, I’ve been able to thrive in various writing niches and styles.
I’ve gone from crafting custom poems to being the literary equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife – proofreading, formatting, designing the cover page and making other people’s writing shine. And hey, I even got credited for my work in the following books recently: Dr K. Radhabhai’s “Everlasting Efforts: A review of services to the blind” and Tenzin Pedon’s “Who Says Math is Not Your Cup of Tea?”
And now, here I am, ready to take on the world with my writing. So, if you need someone to craft some killer content, look no further. I may not have a cape or a secret identity, but I’ve got what it takes sure to leave your readers wanting more- a way with words!
Also, don’t take my word for it – check out some of my works for yourself!
I promise these links aren’t viruses – they’re just samples of my writing.
Also check here: https://www.promisingpoetry.org/shop/
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And yeah, you can check my full list of reviews and other bookish posts here:
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