by sheila.dadvar

Reading other amateur writer’s works has always been fascinating for me. I love reading and writing so much, it feels like a passion to me, one that I have not nurtured for a long time, in Farsi or English. I stopped writing in Farsi because I’m not the most organized being in the world and at the same time could not part w/ my babies, to put it in the most cliché form. Reading it has been eliminated to the books I brought from Iran when I moved here and the ones that I’ve been bringing, every time I’ve been there ever since, and the net. My English readings have been scattered and random till recent and writing anything is such a big task being the anal that I am and the coward that I am of criticism that I just don’t bother. Also, I have the dreadful habit of abandoning things on the drop of a dime. I start thinking about doing something today, you know weighing it out, be it cleaning the house, working out, having friends, reading something or whatever, decide to do it for sure two weeks from now, start it the following week and by then it have become so humongous, for I like to think around it and therefore it becomes bigger and more extravagant, that when I start doing it I get exhausted right away. Then I’m burnt. I also am an awful typewriter and ever worse speller. So typing in English is not a pleasure at all. But I always wanted to have a blog of my own. I’ve been thinking about writing blogs for a long time, and have decided to do so for real since the new version of the site. I think I’m gonna go ahead and start it now. I’m gonna face my fear and I’m gonna try procrastinate less and get offended by people pointing out my weakness less, no matter what their motive I can learn from that.So here goes: my first blog. Don’t forget to drop a line, any line, Farsi, English, and last but not at all least, criticism. Peace,sheila


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by ironi same as (not verified) on

heheheh, hey, U just described one of me problems,hehehe. Thanks to U I do not need to write so much. I am so screwed up,, u do not know...I use to know farsi, english, and spanish. my farsi is so bad that sometimes my brother does not understand me! then I say it in english and I get into trouble. hehehe, it feels like I'm confessing...hehehhe. I'm lost...hellllp...thank U :)



by Very very intellectual (not verified) on

Interesting personal experience! I really think everyone should show how is the process of themselves growing up progressing!

Azarin Sadegh

keep writing.

by Azarin Sadegh on


Nice start!

I was in the same situation as you until last summer. I had my degrees from France and my English was pretty limited to the technical writing related to my job. Last summer, I took my first creative writing class at UCLA Ext. and it was the best thing I have ever done just for my own sake! So if you are serious about writing, it is the best option.

But i am not sure that at this point your skin would be thick enough to take it all. Be careful. There are so many bizarre people in the world. You are still fragile and you can easily find reasons to stop writing. There is always somebody out there nagging. Ignore them and just keep writing.

Good luck,



Jeesh Daram

good way to start

by Jeesh Daram on

Hi Sheila,

That was a nice introduction you produced a good stage for your future writings. Bring-em-on.





by Nazanin Ghasemian on

I have been going to school in the United States for many years now. I still find writing is difficult. But that's the case for all people using any language. Expression is important though, so don't stop even if you feel exhausted by it.

Always keep a dictionary close. That's probably the best book for any writer. And electronic ones are especially great since we all have little time for writing.
Good luck!