Every living organism encounters exhaustion,depletion of mental resources and more often than not-reach a break even point. It is within its intelligence (adaptation to and manipulation of environmental resources) and resilience to get up and get back in motion. Similarly and in this context; artists, writers, performers, orators and other professionals also fall trap to this phenomena and what I’d like to refer to as a Writer’s Block.
A Writer’s Block? This is the point in a writer’s life or journey where they feel exhausted, demotivated, obsolete, lacking inspiration or drive and in other instances even contemplating and questioning their gift or talent or passion of writing. A humanitarian blogger myself- I WALKED through a writer’s block. No diary entry, no form of expression, no drive to scream to this world with my writings or invite them into my shoes, no inspiration or even the motivation. It felt like my existence ceased. Ask me…what does iy feel like to not writer? To not be a writer? To be detached from literature? IT FEELS LIKE HUNGER. FAMINE!😣😣 IT FEELS LIKE THIRST. DROUGHT!😣 Paralysed,mute, voiceless. In the words of Peter Simones; “I write, therefore I am”. On every possible level, I relate to and validate these words.
To every writer from every walk of life, behind a desk in class; behind a coffee table in a coffee shop, behind a typewriter, behind glasses and a journal, or behind a mere cellphone or tablet-a writer’s block is normal. It does not denote the end of the journey,rather an uphill ahead about to take your utmost strength, creativity and intelligence coupled with resilience. It takes passion, confidence,perseverance and the love for writing or blogging to get back from a writer’s block, here I am today🙂🙂
Stress, setbacks, comparisons, impatience and lack of passion give out a writer’s block. How then can a writer rid themselves of this?
Reflect, introspect, ask yourself”What makes me a writer?”, “What meaning does writing give to my life?”, “What is my aspiration in writing?”. Give yourself time, be patient with yourself and your pace, identify your writing strengths, your writing style, nurture it and grow it. Love it, love what you do, love what you write, fall in love with writing! Filter no emotion, sugar coat no opinion, write wholeheartedly and relish the joy that overflows in your heart after you write a piece. That’s passion. Observe, acknowledge and embrace the beauty of life, of people, of relationships, of smiles and of this world. That’s acquiring inspiration. Breathe, acknowledge failure or setbacks and roll up your sleeves to say “i. I’m giving it another shot” or “I’m going for Plan B”.That’s resilience. Know that writing is your way of making a difference, your way of articulating this world, your way of coping, your feel good tablet, your soothing remedy and your source of happiness. That’s loving what you do. Know that writing is your talent and gift, it is your thing, it is what God graced you with. It belongs to you! Take your writing as a potter creating magic with just clay, or a painter playing with brushes and paint to give profound paintings. That’s confidence. With all that, a writer’s block shall be a thing of the past for you, or even a myth!😉😉. Passion, confidence, resilience, rejuvenating your inspiration and above all- loving what you do; are the ingredients to battle and recover from a writer’s block. Take it from a survivor of a writer’s block 😊
It’s great to be back. Happy writing! 🌼🌻🌱🍃