Writer’s block

By: Manas Chaturvedi


This post is kind of strange. Actually, I am writing this post just because I am not able to write anything new! Confused? Lemme explain…

Those readers of ours who write stories or poems or anything related with pen and paper must have experienced the kind of feeling which I am, or was experiencing. I am talking about every writer’s nightmare, THE WRITER’S BLOCK!

Writer’s block, simply put, is the stage in the life of a writer when he or she is not being able to produce any original or genuine piece of art. A writer could write 5 stories or poems a day for 4 weeks continuously,  and suddenly go on without writing anything new for days on end!

Here’s what wikipedia had to say about this phenomena:

Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. 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. It can manifest as the affected writer viewing their work as inferior or unsuitable, when in fact it could be the opposite.

Even well-known artists and writer’s suffer from writer’s block!

Rapper Eminem suffered from writer’s block for some time as the artist mentioned in “Talking to Myself”, a track on his top selling album Recovery. It was one of the causes for his musical hiatus.

Here’s a stanza from one of my poems where I expressed my feelings when going through a similar stage…

My life’s a blank page
Nothing new to write
It’s as still as a river
With no future in sight.


Posted on April 17, 2011, in Odd Stuff and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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