Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Feeling Blocked


Off late we all have been talking a lot about Writer's Block ...or in the blogosphere the better name for it would be Blogger's Block. Specially in the blog community that I am a part of, this word has been doing usual rounds recently. People seem to be catching it like flu. Honestly, I always shy away from using this word as a reason for my infrequent writing. To get into a Bloggers Block, I need to first reach the first symptom of this disease. The first symptom being a regular blogger.

But yes I do get into these blogging swings, and have always wondered the "why" of that phase and also struggled on the "How" of getting out of it. And finally the simple answer came from a chit chat session of two "no-nonsense" ladies of the squad - Corrine and Vidya. The truth stared right in my face when I read that conversation. I agree it is nothing but laziness that keeps us from writing. Yes, the slumber can come due to very many reasons, but to break the vacuum, we need to fight with the God of Slumber. 

(Do read the conversation here..its kind of fun to read) Click Here

So the conversation became a prompt for all the bloggers to write about their "tried and tested" tips around how to fight the Bloggers Block. So here are my nascently cultured pearls of wisdom:

Enjoy the Break - While you are at it..Enjoy it !! I feel the more we think about the block, the more the idea of getting back to writing gets distant and tougher. So I feel one must not think too hard or try too much. Writing should come naturally, because that is when it gets the best of you. If you do not have thoughts or opinions you particularly want to talk about ..so be it. Enjoy the silence till it lasts :)

Blog Surf - Something what always keeps me connected to blogging and the want to come back to it is reading what others bloggers have to say. I generally try not to lose touch with blog surfing and reading. Many times the muse to get back to it lies in some thoughts or posts that just connect to you and you get a feel.."Well ..this should have been my post"

Write for yourself - Do it for yourself. Many times bloggers may get into this self inflicted pressure of being the best every time. The fear for being judged for your thoughts can sometimes gets so heavy that you start rejecting all that you write thinking it doesn't make the cut for being published. While one thought is not to be so harsh on yourself the other is that sometimes writing just for your own self is also fun. I remember Corrine giving me this example once. She said that just like when a pen doesn't work we keep on writing on a rough paper till it gets the flow back...the same thing holds good for writing. And I could'nt agree more with her. So my fellow friends going through a block, do it on a rough page just for your eyes. Soon you will get the flow back.

Save a Date - This works for me. Sometime a self commitment is the biggest motivator. Like last time I had set a date for myself when I will get back on the blog. And from the time I committed to the day I had committed for, all the time in between my mental state auto corrected its lethargy, lack of ideas and inability to put the pen on paper and made me meet my commitment on schedule.

Sorry, but I cant think of a fifth tip. Actually so much has already been written about this and I trust more or less the thought that always works for all is the want to get back. If you love your writing you will always find your way back. And in the meantime, do not sulk. Fill up that time space with more reading, more contemplating and more feeling and observations.

So these were the thoughts of an amateur on the cure for a disease which I suffer a lot. For more ground realities and workable solutions please visit the Write Tribe entries on this prompt.

20 comments:

  1. Great tips...I must remember them the next time I'm staring at a blank page, especially when I start questioning the quality of my posts. Thanks so much!

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    1. Thanks. Being a Self critic is good..but overdoing it detrimental. Thanks for visiting my page

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  2. I have always believed in writing for oneself! Lately have found it to be a very effective therapeutic tool too, helping me distance from any emotional stuff I might be experiencing. And it works to take care of the writer's block too in the process :) The tip about 'save a date' is also very good. Thanks!

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    1. yes u r right ... sometimes the thoughts are too emotional and personal,,, writing them down just for yourself always helps to get over them and start afresh

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  3. If one is going through a writer's block, then I think it's best to take our own time and then get back when we are all set to write once again...very interesting tips shared in this post.

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    1. Thanks Diana...Even I agree taking a break is OK, as long as you want to get back

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  4. Write for yourself sounds good. I do the free write and end not publishing half of it but it's well worth it because it gets me going!

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  5. I liked your thought on Save a date. It works for me too. Another thing that works for me is to 'just show up and get to work'.. a free write works wonders for this so called 'writer's block' :)

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  6. Blog surf is something that always works for me :) Not sure about save a date as I haven't tried it yet! May be I should do it next time :)

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  7. I like the 'Save a date' idea a lot and I have actually tried to follow it..perhaps not the exact date but the week or weekend...And yes writing for our ownself really helps a lot...Gr8 tips :)

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    1. Yes Nabanita... self commitment works for me in this case ...how much I want it to work in my exercise routine as well ..but it doesnt

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  8. Hey you got the trick right. I agree with what you are saying - just keep writing. Getting anything on paper is better than just thinking.

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  9. Great tips that I will be putting into practice in future!

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    1. Thanks Kathy :) I am sure you would never get into the trap of a bloggers block...

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  10. :-) The save a date is a brilliant tip. That's how we keep up with our blogging challenges, Shiva! :)

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  11. Wonderful points and I totally agree with "write for yourself" point. One cannot write their best when they are forced to. The whole experience of classic bulb moment when an idea arises and how we process into words is what makes writing so enjoyable. That's what I feel :)

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  13. great tips.. especially the one - 'save the date'...Will keep that in mind in the future..

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  14. Reading other blogs is always helpful to get rid of a block, I feel. There are so many talented bloggers out there, one is bound to be inspired!

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  15. The conversation between the two boss of the tribe carry some tips. I agree, we need to cut off to come back stronger and right now with so much to write, I am getting the block..guess once home, will sleep and wake up, refreshed to work on two chapters for UBC...mind fatigue can be frustrating.
    http://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/wednesday-prompt-lets-beat-the-block-together/

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