Monday, July 11, 2011
My Ideas Went Poof!
Hi again! I was supposed to have a published post last Friday, but having G+ now, I kinda stopped checking my blogs and doing bloghops. Well, only for a little while.
I was so caught up in all the hype about the newest social network, that I stayed online for I dunno how long. And all I did was click buttons, edit my circles, check for bugs and send some feedback. Yeah, I am definitely loving it. I'm not sure if I'd leave Facebook, though. Almost all of my friends has one, so I couldn't simply leave FB and abandon them. And I still love Twitter. Hmm.
Anyway, Google+ really shows great potential. And eventhough it has been considered as a Facebook rip-off, Google+ has some cool new and different features. People wanna join because of all the hype about it.. me thinks. Google+ is like Facebook, but it is not Facebook. Only like Facebook, but somewhat different. Hmm. Did you just say "Huh?!"? Hehe. Yeah, I bet you did.
Anyway, this post isn't about that. It's about an entirely different subject. Writer's block. Is there a day in your life when you just can't write down any decent article? Do you encounter any difficulty in putting your ideas into words? If you don't, you're totally lucky.Writer's block. How do you understand a "writer's block"? Some bloggers write articles concerning issues of sex and politics. Some write about blogging tips and tutorials. And most of them write about anything and everything.. and I'm definitely one of them. I write and share my experiences and ideas in my blogs. Why? Well, because it's fun! Hehe. It's really fun to share, and much more exciting to know that I have readers who share the same level of excitement when reading my posts.
I remember when I got my first comment, I went "Yay! Someone left a comment! Hihi!". Really. Am I cute or what?
I think, comments are proof that you've created a relationship with your readers. It's nice to know that some stranger would read your post and go "I can relate to this post." or "Oh I know exactly what you mean". That's why I like to blog. Share my ideas and opinion about things. Well, except politics. Politics and I.. we're not on the same page.
But sometimes, my mind would just go blank. There's something that I really wanna share. But when I start to write it down, poof! I can't seem to find the right words that would best describe what I feel at that very moment. I'd just stare at an empty sheet of paper or at that blinking cursor on the computer screen. Call it "lack of inspiration".
"A writer's block is a condition wherein a writer experiences temporary difficulty in producing new work."
Reasons. Well, maybe because the writer runs out of inspiration. Or maybe he's just too distracted by the things around him. Maybe he has a lot on his mind, he's too preoccupied to write. Or maybe because the pressure is getting on his nerves.
Most writers experience the latter, me thinks. They have this idea that they have to write the greatest story or the loveliest poem or the most informative article. Pushing themselves to the edge, thinking "Would my readers like what I've written down? What if they don't like it?"
I get that. I know that I have to write quality posts. My readers deserve that. But how does one define "quality post", anyway? How can you tell if you've written a quality blog post or not?
Anyway, if you're at a loss for words, I suggest that you go out and get a breathe of fresh air. Sit down and read a book, while having a nice cup of coffee or tea. Look around you and enjoy the moment. Take a chill pill and just relax. I do that, and guess what, it really does work. Also, when I'm struggling to find the words to use, I usually just write down junk. Sometimes, my articles would have no body and some won't have introductions nor conclusions. My ideas scattered around, no structure at all. Junk. Also, my drafts folder is so full of crap. Some rants and random ramblings. Non-sense articles. But when I am to click that publish button, I make sure that present those posts in a way that's not rubbish.
Pressure really sets us into motion. But we also have to take it easy once in a while. Let go of thoughts of judgement and just write down pure non-sense. Anything. Everything. Believe me, something will come out of it and you'll just find yourself typing down sentences. Then all you've got to do is to organize your thoughts and edit your post to your heart's content. And if you're having a writer's block, just hit the save button and try again another time.
That's what "drafts" are for, anyway.