Guest Post by: Chitra Ramaswami
Dear Writer’s Block,
Your insistence on visiting me from time to time!
Credulous seeming, no agendas you arrive
Harbinger of good news? A helper for my cause?
My naïve expectations, my willing procrastinations
Are alas met with your deafening silence
Why don’t you speak? A whisper will suffice.
But this visitor doesn’t oblige you with answers. Instead, what we receive is a shove into the mind’s endless abyss - not an easy chasm to climb out of. Unable to predict its arrival or how long this creative block will last, I realized early on the nature of mental acrobatics, this predicament trapezes me into. And as per my experience, there seems to be no option but to go through the motions and hopefully land on your feet on the other side. Correction - not hopefully but surely. Yes, the narrative I choose makes a difference.
From the fear of starting to the point of self-doubt, the whole gamut of emotions is all too familiar. But shouldn’t familiarity give rise to some semblance of confidence? Far from it - at least in this case. However, when I sense my emotions peaking and I’m at my most troubled stance, I know relief is around the corner. Strangely, mental fatigue of this nature eventually gives way to a phase of uninhibited writing, which in consequence delivers an unequaled high. A much-needed high. Unfortunately, we live in a world of deadlines.
So here are a few approaches that have helped me along the way:
Writer Block Hacks Disclaimer: To each his own
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Thank you Chitra Ramaswami for sharing with my readers! May you have a wonderful book tour!
Lisa M Buske
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