Saturday, March 14, 2009

Blogger's Block

Not the first time I've experienced this. Kinda similar to Writer's Block, which plagues many world-wide.

Now, come to think of it, Blogger's Block, is just a specialized term for Writer's Block. When do people not write? Sometimes there's no will. Sometimes there's no content. Sometimes you have an idea, but can not find words to convey it. Writer's Block typically is the last scenario (at least for me), though sometimes there really is no content either.

Pretty weird, and rather inconvenient, this Block business. For example, I am walking on a street, and the streetlight just shuts - like it toggles whenever someone walks close to it, and the feeble orange glow it was emanating vanishes. And then I see the moonlight spreading its milky silver all over the place. I pause, and look around for some ten seconds. A brilliant line comes to my head, potent enough to paint an image in the listener/reader's mind.

So I come back, late night, feel like writing, putting the image in the head into words. When the words fail me. I have that one line (if I'm lucky), but no beginning and end, no idea how to construct an envelope of words, that would get the message through. (Not exactly the best pun in the world, blame the Block.)

Or when you see a silhouette of a boat between two islands, as the sun moves westwards. Or when you see a dog trying to figure out why keechad is fun for humans on Holi. Or when you just sit and shut your eyes, and feel the breeze going past you. Words that are there in your head, just refuse to come out.

Blocks really suck. :|

6 comments:

Sandeep said...

If you can write like this when you have a writer's block then dont ever worry....
On a serious note, when normal people do have a block it sucks..true! You just cant write a single sentence, no ideas,no punch lines, no thoughts...
Nice post...
it is as if you chose the topic and then wrote about it.. :)

nimit said...

you know what i do when i hit bloggers block - I DONT WRITE RANDOM BLOGS TELLING PEOPLE I HIT BLOGGERS BLOCK.

me, as i am said...

you know what i do when i hit bloggers block - I DONT WRITE RANDOM BLOGS TELLING PEOPLE I HIT BLOGGERS BLOCK.

...and your point is? :P

charlie said...

ha! the "i dunno what to write so i choose to bullshit in the name of a blog post", post. we've all had those.

abhinand said...

if u write like this during a block, it might be nature's way of giving other writers a chin-up. telling them even the best have bad days.

Hayat said...

if you have got something to write..the thoughts will write themselves..you are merely the agent.

"working on a farm
i hear a poem coming across to me
i feel it pass through me
and if i dont have a pen and paper there and then

i cannot catch it
and the poem leaves
in search of other poets in the land"
- from a TED talk