I was suffering from writer’s block…

These days, I lack in patience to put up with any kind of movie – language, genre or the time it’s being aired – nothing seems to grab my interest even a little. And I personally attribute it to the long stretches of commercials that eat up the very little time I have got to spare in between my daily schedules.

Well, I have envisaged on something that I believe to be the best to cope up with this particular situation, rather my state of mind.

Step 1 is to switch from 1 channel to another every 5 minutes or so. By doing this you can be sure to always catch a glimpse of the very best and never miss the gold.

Step 2 is getting the names of all the movies that are currently being aired or going to be while you are moving through the channels.

Step 3 is to come back for the one that has stirred the mind. Fortunately or unfortunately, the beginnings, endings and the in-betweens are mostly lost during this pursuit, but never mind.

Step 4, of course my favourite, is to google the movie name and read about what I had missed and get the exact picture. This is the most informative and exciting step as far as I am concerned, don’t know whether anyone else can agree with it.

During one of my quests (the latest to be precise), I stopped past the 2009 Rob Marshall movie Nine. It had almost reached mid-way and I couldn’t guess what was going on. So without wasting a single minute, I jumped to step 4. And there I was, reading the plot in Wikipedia about the protagonist suffering from ‘writer’s block’.

I didn’t understand what it was so I clicked on the hyperlink ‘writer’s block’. Reaching at the link, the following facts made me awestruck.

Definition –

“Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work.”

Causes –

1) A writer running out of inspiration or may be greatly distracted (mild)

 2) Adverse circumstances in a writer’s life or career: physical illnessdepression, the end of a relationship, financial pressures, a sense of failure (serious)

After-effects –

It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand. At the other extreme, some “blocked” writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers.

These revelations aggravated a sense of deep fear in me. And the fact that I haven’t been able to write a single post for the past 3 or 4 months only made the matters worse. I began to doubt the presence of a possible ‘writer’s block’ in me. The doctor inside me diagnosed me with the block and sprung into action. What followed next was an extensive search for symptoms of writer’s block, tips for beating it, suggestions to get writing again and even an emergency 911.

‘I am suffering from writer’s block. Whatever be the grounds for it, I am a patient now.’ This realisation began to haunt me. I had to find a possible solution for this condition and cure myself. I had to start now, it’s a ‘now or never’, ‘do or die’ scenario.

And then I made up my mind.

I am not going to let some stupid blocks curb away my passion.

I am not going to bother whatever I write is good or bad, readable or not.

I am going to pen down the very first thing that comes into my mind.

Come what may, I’ll write, right now, hence the birth of this post.


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