For a writer getting inspired is rarely the problem. The problem is coddling the inspiration after it strikes. A writer has to nurture, spoil, clutch at details, and memorize the elements, the colours, and the textures of that inspirational moment. After that, a writer has to sit down, nudge the inspiration to produce text, coax it to flow out naturally, and beg it not to sound contrived.
Allowing ourselves to be mesmerized by our moment of inspiration without going back later and writing about it, is absolute cheating.
The truth is we all cheat. And don’t we think have enough reason for it? Sometimes it’s physically impossible to write about everything that makes us want to write. Sometimes our schedules, our lovers, families, and friends re-prioritise our lives.
Be it a simple conversation we heard, a gorgeous landscape, or an interaction on the streets, that moment we promised we would write about, fades away as the day progresses.
It is like going to the gym. Most of us know we must. We know we can allocate time everyday but each day something happens to make us postpone our ‘get fit’ agenda to the next day.
All writers are compelled to write. Our need for words is almost that separate conscious in our head that celebrates the recreating of a moment. We need to express humanity and love on paper. We are driven to pound our fear, anguish, and rage on the keyboard. We simply cannot help it when the inspiration takes over. We are mothers to inspiration, no matter how dysfunctional, lazy, busy, or in denial we are about this fact. Writer’s block is just a convenient term for being a bad mother to inspiration by not breastfeeding it.
Even with our 12 hours a day jobs, our 2 hour long commutes, our demanding families, and hyperactive friends; we know we have time to write. We know that if we settled down in our pajamas, closed the door, and sipped a cup of hot tea, we could write for at least fifteen minutes. But it never happens.
Being part of a community of writers can make this happen. Here we can encourage, motivate, or berate each other into delivering a few quality write-ups each week. We can learn and share tips on combating the dreaded block and writing a little each day. That’s not all. We would even get instant criticism on our work by belonging to a community of writers. We know how important that is.
Imagine writing for just 15 minutes a day. It is so much more doable than 30 minutes of cardio! What would 15 minutes a day amount to in six months? A year? We could have a book written in a year by devoting the time it takes to enjoy a cup of steaming coffee.
But there is procrastination. There is a careless dismissal of our own thoughts. Nobody knows this better than us at BWW. Nobody has realized this more.
Even writing a simple blog post on writer’s block tempts us to postpone it. After all, there are authors to be read, a syllabus to be planned, tips to be given out for the time when we will begin our workshops in earnest. There are writers who have written to us asking for critique. Who then has the time to write a blog post on writer’s block?
We do it though. And on time. And that’s the miracle of being dedicated to your writing community.
And you? What do you think? Have you worked with other writers before? Has that helped you gain more focus on your writing? How do you balance your writing schedule with your regular life? Do you think it is a struggle? Or are you one of those miraculous writers who balance writing and life with creamy smooth perfection? What do you do when you face a ‘writer’s block’ moment?
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