The Writer’s Block

Nope, if you’re wondering this article deals with the “zone” of prolific writers who have formed a club of sorts, and that I would throw light upon that matter, this article is bound to disappoint. For those of you who are aware of this term,it might either mean something utterly natural to you or something almost nightmarish and taboo-ish in its disposition. A writer’s block marks a notion of ‘terminated’ thought process. In other words, it is the inability of any writer to get down to serious brainstorming while writing.

The symptoms of a writer’s block are elaborate and intricate; but very much predictable: it is either stress, or depression, anxiety or self-consciousness. Sometimes, the block may simply occur because of the fact that one couldn’t figure out what the situation or task demands. Hence, a writer’s block is not an unnatural occurrence. All of the above reasons are valid and very much relatable.

During the course of any job, it is but natural that you begin on a high note and begin to experience dullness pretty soon. Just as dullness brings about lack of initiation and hardly a sense of motivation; so does a writer’s block. The causative factors disallow a writer to think in his most creative fashion and render him incapable of providing any sort of direction to a discussion. However, this block must never be considered to be a permanent feature. There are ways and means to approach a writer’s block – one must be crafty enough to combat the gravitational pull of the block.

Some of the interesting ways by which one can escape a bout of prolonged block is to stretch one’s muscles if the reason happens to be stress. It is also recommended that one takes in deep breaths to settle the mind and its various unsettled issues. You could also think of a stroll – a nice, enjoyable distraction; such as listening to some good music, to get back to your element and start afresh. For the seasoned, there are tutorials as well, which deal with the strategic discourse of teaching how to conceive ideas to invent. On a serious note, a block may be a recurrent one if the assignments you are provided with are invariably boring or lack the scope that your potential asks for. In such cases, the writer has to emerge over and above himself; he has to stop himself from thinking of his own superiority and instead embody himself in his subject matter, thoroughly.

It is a simple mantra of mind commanding the situation. It would be hard to believe that some of the best writers and journalists haven’t experienced this very well known phenomenon.

Personally, the fact that I’m actually writing on this subject is to emphasize that a ‘blank’ mind is not necessarily derogatory to professionalism and neither does it highlight a weakness in any writer. A simple therapy is listening closely to what is being said around you, what the lyrics of a song are and reading the lines of your book closely. Sometimes, a word, sentence or sight triggers off a series of thoughts that can be beautifully and sensibly aligned to fit into perspective. You might find a chain of a thought process, like blocks building towards something big, which can then form your structure. Doodling helps too!

All in all, the fact is that any form of engagement of the senses towards something not very tasking helps overcome the paranoia and the whole hullabaloo surrounding The Writer’s Block. The boom and depression in a writer’s world ensures his growth more profoundly!

Ankita Kanwar
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