My journey on calling myself a writer

Solai Valliappan
4 min readApr 27, 2023

I’ve been writing a blog since December 2019. I remember the first time I hit publish, I was so nervous and out of my comfort zone!

I’ve been enjoying the writing process and covering different topics. Overall I’ve found it helpful in voicing and clarifying my viewpoint and improving how I communicate ideas clearly and effectively.

Me sitting on a couch writing

The story I used to tell myself was “I’m only good with numbers and spreadsheets, not words and writing”. Now a few years on and consistently working on ‘words and writing’ I no longer align or hold much weight to this narrative.

So what has changed and what I have learned?

I am the target audience

Me! This was how I got started and how I’ve continued to write. Keeping the focus on me as the target reader takes the pressure off and ensures that I really understand my target audience.

what is it I would want to read and what am I curious to know more about?

As an additional benefit if other people find it useful or interesting to read then that’s great!

Consistently writing is key

I’ve found that anything that takes work requires consistency. Putting time in my calendar on a regular basis each week is a way for me to ensure this. Some days are slow and other days I’m in flow — even if it’s 100 words, that’s 100 words more than yesterday! I also find self-imposed deadlines and having a publishing cadence and rhythm is useful in driving this too.

I can work on multiple pieces simultaneously

Once I started regularly writing I soon realised that I didn’t have to work on one piece at a time in isolation until I decided to publish.

Looking at my ‘drafts’ folder there are dozens that vary from a sentence or two to those that are continually worked on. The important thing is to get the words on the page when you have an impulse.

I’m often working on multiple ideas simultaneously. It depends on my flow but the switching can be useful so as not to be overwhelmed by just one piece of work. This may not work for everyone, but I do like the variety or that sometimes writing in one…

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Solai Valliappan

Tech investor with an actuarial background interested in technology, startups, investing and data driven insights to influence system change.