WRITER’S BLOCK

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Have you ever experienced Writer’s Block? Probably, I will hear lot of “YES” response for this. Well, who can understand this better than a writer himself/herself?

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“WRITING”- it is more of a passion than a profession. You can never compare it with a 9 to 5 office job. Be it blogging, article writing, content writing or book writing – nothing can be easily defined in a boundary of time and deadlines. Ideas start pouring in our brain all of a sudden, our creativity energizes and our pen gears up with a wonderful pace. It continues and we enjoy the journey. But, sometimes the journey comes to an unexpected “HALT”. Exactly in a same manner as your speeding car comes to a halt due to puncture or breakdown. And worst case is you don’t have a mechanic to set you back on journey. Most of the times, you keep struggling trying to find out, why there is a sudden black-out?

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Where are all your ideas and thoughts? The more you think, the worse it gets. Writing is not something that can be done forcefully. It moves on at its own pace, at its own time, in its own way. And this changes as seasons change. There is a time when all circumstances are in your favor. But, then suddenly you may notice a change. Time changes abruptly, blocking all your writing skills – A WRITER’S BLOCK. It is really disappointing and depressing at times. Especially, when it continues for a longer duration. For someone who loves writing, this “block” is equivalent to starvation. It may sound funny to those who do not write. I hope my writer friends here, will surely understand the concern. You start feeling useless all of a sudden. You do your best efforts to keep yourself back on track – changing surroundings, changing topics, changing writing patterns, reading , interacting and what not.

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This is seriously awful experience and scary too. This is what I am facing for quite a long time and was worried about. However, as I searched more on it, I got to know it’s not just “ME”. Almost everyone faces this at some point of time. People adopt different ways to deal with it and this is what I learnt from them. Do not “RUN” from it, instead learn to “OVERCOME” it. With more than 10 half-written topics, I was totally confused. I start every topic, with a new zeal & then I see its not taking a proper shape. I give up, take a break, relax and start afresh on a new topic. Months have passed with this exercise, and it’s driving me crazy now. There is nothing worse than loosing all hope. So, today again I stood up, to fight against my “Block”. “YES” – nothing is impossible, nothing is permanent & nothing is difficult.

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I have to get away of my fears, I have to get away of my “WRITER’S BLOCK”.

So, before starting my half-left topics, I felt why not, I shall start with my fear first. I am here writing about this “WRITER’S BLOCK” and I would love to have your experiences, your guidance, and your ways of dealing with it.

It’s always easy to walk on a smooth road,

Challenge is to walk on a rocky road.

It’s always easy to drive a perfect car

Challenge is to fix an unfit car for driving.

It’s always easy to enjoy autumn season,

Challenge is to enjoy the chills & the burns too.

It’s always easy to do your best in favorable circumstances,

Challenge is to do your best in unfavorable times too.

It’s always easy to run away from difficulties,

Challenge is to stand strong & face them.

It’s always easy to climb up to peak.

Challenge is to stay there without falling.

It’s always easy to welcome success,

Challenge is to welcome failures

And be confident that

Beyond them lies your success.

And the biggest challenge is,

-“TO TAKE THE CHALLENGE”

Today, I am taking my Writer’s Block as a challenge, and I am confident that I will be able to overcome it with my faith, confidence, determination and will power.

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3 thoughts on “WRITER’S BLOCK

  1. When I’m having trouble with writing I have a few go-to techniques to break through. First – word prompts. Different prompts work better for different writers. For example: a list of words rarely works for me. If I feel the pressure to include certain things my muse rebels hardcore. I like prompts meant to make you think. I used a couple recently that I liked a lot: 1. Your villain wants a favor from you, what is it? 2. What happened the day all the clocks stopped? With prompts like this I don’t have to actually include the question, I just let it get my thoughts flowing. The second tool I use to beat writer’s block is a timer. Set it for 10 minutes and write. It doesn’t matter what although you might find it easier to have a plan. It can be as simple as writing about a certain character or a color or an object. You could freewrite or write about how hard it is to write. No matter what you choose, you’ll be writing! Take a short break, a couple of minutes then start the timer again. It will be awkward at first but gets easier with time. Something else to try is write a piece that is completely different than your normal stuff. If you write long stories then do some flash fiction or if you normally write mainstream pick a genre you don’t write in and go for it. Writer’s block is really just us trying to force our muse to do what we want instead of letting it do what it wants. Muses/creativity doesn’t work that way. Don’t be afraid to go off on tangents for a while before buckling down and getting back to work. Good luck!

    • Hello Kristi,
      Its so nice to hear from you and your viewpoints. First of all, it was a sigh of relief that this troublesome issue of Writer’s Block is faced by others too. I liked your idea on word prompt.Hope it will give some triggering to my sleeping thoughts.
      It’s good that we met here.
      Have a good day!!

      Akanksha

  2. Very often what I do is just get started. I write some random words, whatever they are. Normally this way something, a story or a post, arises by itself. A completely different story holds for poetry. With poetry I can never force it, otherwise it would just be a mess. Some other times I cannot write anything at all and I end up staring at a screen which won’t fill itself. In those cases I just give up with no regrets. In those times I am just too tired to do anything at all (also not writing related). I take it a sign that I need time for myself. Time for reflection. Time to let new future stories to arise.

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