Writer’s Block: What it Means, and Solutions for Getting Over it.

Writer’s block and  Procrastination are two most common problems for writers. How to get over it varies depending on who you ask.

Writer’s block and procrastination often come up in discussion among authors. Although they are not a major threat to a writer:s career, it is the variety of solutions proffered for getting over them that interests me. Sometimes writer’s block and procrastination are considered the same problem, but I think they are practically different. My understanding of procrastination is an act of delaying a project completion beyond its due date. Mostly for no substantive reason. Please compare for yourself the Dictionary.com’s definition of procrastination and postponement. continue reading

That passion will always be waiting

Nine long years! This is unbelievable! It is just amazing. After nine years I have come full circle to what was once and will always be my true avocation; writing!

Imagine this:

Recently I started to consider blogging. Just to be clear, there was no angelic visitation; it wasn’t a sudden flash of light or any supernatural occurrence like that either. In my opinion; university degree is not a prerequisite if you want to write (it will help, don’t get me wrong). You don’t have to be that genius whose massive head is constantly erupting with content and ideas, in order to feel like writing. On the contrary, it is possible to be an ordinary Joe or Stan and still have strong urge to write something.

I know WordPress is the place where bloggers meet, so it was the first blogging website I wanted to check out today. What started out as a routine registration turned out to be a big surprise? For some reason my registration was not conducting smoothly — “the email was already in use”. What? “Wait a minute”, by who? Was it possible for two people to have same email addresses? In seconds those questions race through my alarmed senses. Seriously how was I to recall that I have opened an account with this awesome site nine years ago?

With no time to waste further, I went into recovery mode. My next paramount task was to remember my old passwords. Fortunately one of the passwords worked, and once again I was able to see my page, the first words that caught my attention was the first, and my only post; “Hello World”. Filled with a floating nostalgia I exclaimed, “wow!” then I patted my 8 months computer gently (as though it was responsible for keeping this future alive).

Well that’s it, the story ends here. Nevertheless I continue to ponder the possibility – that a passion for an art once developed, never dies? Certainly only genuine interest in writing will take a person full circle and back to a topic that began nine years earlier.

By now my once lost memories were starting to drip back; so now I remember it was my first year in college, that I started this blog with the hope of filling it with articles. Since then nine years have passed just like that, and with it the stories I wanted to tell at the time. Folks I can’t be blamed right? After all between writing academic/research papers, stressing to graduate from college, and setting up a life after college; you too would probably forget about some “insignificant” webpage.

For your take away – it doesn’t matter how you bumped into this article today, but I can imagine that you are enjoying your love of reading and writing, no? Okay! Maybe not at this very moment alright? Still I dare to point to a hobby within your soul, an interest that is not currently at the center of your focus, just waiting for the right moment. Always be on the lookout because one day it will emerge. For some reason we humans always have things work out for us in a way that we supposed unlikely, that hobby you grew up thinking about and developing emotions for will one day surprise you, it will always be waiting.

Waiting