It is very popularly said, “Imagination is the greatest power a man has.” (Or atleast my grandma believes so.) And imagination is, in my belief, certainly our greatest power. It can create worlds, start wars, destroy nations, touch the stars and spin rainbows in a fraction of second. And, in my belief, this imagination is the main creator of the writers’ greatest demon: writer’s block. Yes, you read that right. Yes, I do firmly believe that writer’s block is nothing but a figment of our imagination.
Don’t believe me? Read on to find out why. My reasoning might sound very rude or brutal, but look beyond your ego and my reasoning will (hopefully) start making sense. As Lewis Carroll very truly says in his novel ‘Alice in Wonderland’, “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” If we take this logic forward, we realize that writer’s block is just a form of defense mechanism. A defense mechanism that our mind comes up with, so that we don’t have to face the reality. The very brutal reality, where we are very (very very very) afraid that our words might not be up to the mark. And this fear is what forces us to procrastinate, by claiming that we’re just not in the “right frame of mind” to write. Alternatively, we might claim that we’ve “lost the ability to produce new work” or that we’re “experiencing a creative slowdown”.
And this is what I call utter rubbish. The so-called writer’s block is nothing but a condition made up by your mind, in order to repress this fear. And, yes, you can hate me for pointing this out to you, for forcing you to face. But the fact stands true and you will have to face your fears if you really want to write, or you’ll always find excuses to not write. So, let’s do this today, let’s face our deepest fear right now. So wake yourself up and stop procrastinating. Pick up your pencil, open your writing notebook and curl up on your bed. Alternatively, you can also choose to log in to Google Docs and open a blank document. The point I’m trying to make is: start writing. It doesn’t matter what you write about, or even how many words you write. It doesn’t even matter if you think your writing is up to the mark or not, just start writing. Let the words trapped into your mind flow to the paper.
And believe me, once you start writing, all these delusions about writer’s block will completely vaporize from your mind and it won’t be long before you will be writing as usual.
So, the next time you feel that ideas don’t come to your mind as easily as they usually do, DO NOT just shut your book and keep it away, stating that you’re going through “writer’s block. Pick that book up, instead,(Come on, face your fears!) and start writing. Just start and see what a difference an even a single word can make.
So, writers, let’s come together and face our fears. Let’s stop this “martyr’s act” and let’s stop acting as if writer’s block is the depression of the writing world.