Like any other creative writing blog mine too has something to say and begun with Writer’s block. Actually, the fact being this is what came first in front of me when I tried moving my fingers on the keyboard… no tap, mere zzzz through the keys… this is when I realized (epiphany) that I’m facing a writer’s block. And, it’s not a day’s phenomenon. It’s going on since months and I’m stuck like a pig in street hole here with lack of topics, short of vocabulary and deprived of thoughts.
Technically speaking, Writer’s Block is referred to anxiety that one faces when all of a sudden you fell short of words which is of course being a writer a shameful moment. A writer falling short of words, what an embarrassment! Isn’t it? Don’t be embarrassed rather find out what exactly is going on. What happened and why you are not getting that “Go” feeling?
How to know it has come?
It is when you feel you are shorn of ideas and no more thoughts are popping up. It is there when you are stuck in between some thought and there is no appropriate word to end it. It arrived at your mindscape when certain thought challenges you to give it a full and meaningful expression and you feel some lump in your throat to voice out your own views. And, also when your mind is flooding with ideas and words to give them impression and yet they re thwarted and given backseat just because you are too self-conscious of your words that you fail to execute them.
Writer’s anxiety often leads them to think on the lines that they lack some special writing quality and thought process which other famous writers had. No! There isn’t any special writing habit or quality that renowned writer’s possess. Instead it’s their hard work, determination, and will power that plays crucial role. Whatsoever impediment may come, you must not stop striving. Do not get slag in your efforts rather try finding out various resources that may come of some help in the time of dire necessity. Simply sitting hands on hands won’t do.
When I face this situation, it seems as if the whole world has come to an end and now there is no way out of the chaos and darkness. My fingers and senses go numb. I have been fighting this one dreadful foe since long. Now, you must be wondering how come I writing on the subject then? Right? In reality I’m not writing rather I’m broaching upon this dreadful subject and fighting this evil out. See, I have written a whole length blog entry just on this damned curse! Let’s find it out what else can be done to combat writer’s block?
Never in your life are you deprived of thoughts, even while saying I have no ideas left for writing you are thinking on scarcity of idea- so here lays you topic. Isn’t it? Almost whole of the day you keep thinking, brooding, observing, analyzing, and above all riding the horse of your imagination behind some fancy idea or thought. You have umpteen numbers of stories and incidents to share and yet jotting them down on a piece of paper becomes too difficult a job that poor notebook is deprived of its pages after every few scribbles.
Procrastination is the right word for hat we often tumble down to while planning of a new write up, be it a novel, story, poem or an essay. We dilly-dally with the idea so much so that we get thrust into a self-imposed writer’s block. It happens when we get diverted into various other distractions in our day-to-day lives. Time is precious, it waits for none! Every single minute which we spent idly is wasted and could have been utilized well in framing some beautiful verses.
Myself, I keep trying those quizzes on facebook and updating my status on twitter. And, at the end of the day I sob, “Where the hell on earth whole day went?” whatsoever time I’m left with then, I waste it simply in making a list of all important tasks I would be accomplishing the nest day which never comes even nearer to the truth.
If you really want to surmount this Satan of writing paradise then follow my dictum:
- Write whatever comes to your mind in the heat of thought
- Isolate yourself from the worldly distractions being a writer your entertainment lieth in beautifying the world of your thoughts, imaginations, and creation. Be an entertainer and entertain and thereby seek amusement for yourself. World is a stage where follies of various creative minds are on display so you be next in the line and let the others dance on your music
- Value silence! It is only in silence when you hear what’s not audible to common ears. Muses visit you when you are left all alone in some nook of your own seclusion brooding over your creation. It lest you get in touch with your inner self because deep within yourself lays the mystery of your creative genius. From the deepest core of your being comes forth the great ideas and in the world full of myriad of noises you tend to lose contact with your true self and there you are furthered from your thoughts and thus the writer’s block. Search within, you will find mine of thoughts and beautiful words. “Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence.
– Deepak Chopra
- Make notes of whatever strikes you in whole day. Keep a notebook and pen ready with you always. You never know when an idea comes knocking at your mind’s door!
Everyone wants to be a perfectionist which is indeed a gruesome task to tackle with. You might be a literature student who has chewed away huge literary cannon till date. You would have read and comprehended the meanings and purport of plethora of literary theories. You might also have done linguistics in your academics and have read and mustered all syntactical errors by now. But, when it comes to writing your own, very personal little piece, you are at loss. You realize that everything you read and learned by this day in your life has been drained down the gutter… and you have spilled some too grammatically incorrect piece of writing. Lo, here the lighting has struck and you dash off to your desk!
I remember few words of William Butler Yeats, not the exact ones yet, they say do not edit your writing, when you edit it, it is deprived of its originality and true essence. This is why you have often heard from older people that things in their crude form lends more impact than in their refined form.
So, concentrate on writing first and not on its quality! Practically speaking, there is neither a school nor a teacher who can make you learn writing. It’s you and only you! Lace up your shoes and find out your corner!
I may have left some important points un-broached upon, so you all are welcome to have your say!