Writers block! It is not a figment of my imagination. I am at a loss for words and ideas to fuel my imagination. Once upon a time, I could string together random words to make coherent sentences, it made me ecstatic. One day the words simply disappeared. They vacated the tiny room in the attic of my mind never to return, took away my enthusiasm to write as well. I look back at the good old days when I could give shape to my ideas, and express my thoughts at will.
Am I doomed for life? No! I refuse to give up I am a survivor and nothing can keep me down. When you chase happiness it runs away from you so I decided to sit back relax and let it come to me in its own sweet time. ‘If you love something set it free if it is yours it will come back to you, otherwise it never was yours.’
There could be a million reasons my condition(writer’s block). Everybody has their unique set of problems and issues. I can tell you about mine. As a 50+ woman with an under active thyroid gland my plate is full, in fact it is overflowing. Another reason is the half empty nest syndrome; one child has flown the coop while the other is in a pre-flight mode. I am guilty of clutching at straws but ‘desperate times call for desperate measures’. I know all these are mere excuses. So what do I do? I devise ways to tempt my tools of expression and engagement to come home to me 🙂
- I go for long walks in the garden near my house. Nature is bountiful and joyful. The greenery uplifts my mood and the beauty of the flowers gladden my heart.
- Listening to music is another favorite pastime of mine. I love gazals, Sufi music, R.D. Burman’s songs. I hum along to entice my elusive thoughts like the Pied Piper of Hamelin :).
- My bookshelves become my lifesavers at times when writing is not an option.
- Visiting family and friends triggers creative juices to flow. The light-hearted interactions sometimes get converted into blog posts.
- I go to the movies and as I live their many lives, mine gets a fresh perspective.
How do you bring back the errant words into your life? Care to share your tricks with a struggling writer 🙂
Thanks In advance…
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth
By Sulekha Rawat