At times, most of us feel exhausted with words and we feel drained out to write a sentence, which could gradually accumulate into paragraphs, and many other paragraphs which finally would have helped you create an article worth reading. You are not alone. Most of us do stare at the situation like we stare at the ticking clock, which ticks away our life, one second at one tick.
Some intellectuals call this phenomenon as “writer’s block”, but people like me use that term to accentuate and make it sound like some cool gadget. The truth is, at times we are lazy while at other times we are emotionally overpowered by the words and we are scared about damaging our reputation by writing the unedited version of the out-pouring of our emotions. I can understand the second scenario of damaging the reputation, because I have been there too; and about being lazy, well, I have been there too.
Then how do we tackle this terminal illness called Writer’s Block? The cure is simple: Read, read and read a lot. Whenever I am struck, I don’t try to force myself to write. All I do is take a pause and increase my reading time. After a while, we reach a juncture where we are so disturbed by the loaded words and all we want to do is to write them down. It gives you a greater relief.
But you must be very cautious, because reading can be tricky. One situation is like you read some works and feel that your writing is not up to the mark, you compare it with the legendary writers. I get the feeling of taking voluntary retirement from writing, when I complete reading the works by Vikram Seth, VS Naipaul, Salman Rushdie and many others. Then there is the second situation, these are the kind of writers who make you feel encouraged and push you to write, by the use of their simple and powerful usage of words. Their works make it more comfortable for your pen which in turn starts to fill the paper with emotions. And that makes you feel free. Ruskin Bond, Cecelie Ahern, Nicholas Sparks, and Mitch Albom are the ones who make me feel great after muddling an emotional breakdown.
“Tuesdays with Morris” was the book that introduced Mitch Albom to me. It was the time when I was struggling to get over my Dad’s loss. This book truly helped me to recuperate my emotional downtime. It taught me about acceptance.
Years later when I was having a tough time, ‘The Time Keeper’ extended a hand towards me and showed how precious each moment is. It also made me realize that what matters the most is the one who cares for us, not the one we care about. Most of the time we are blinded, chasing people for whom we are one among many. In this chase, we forget to see the ones who are there for us and care for us. The Time Keeper was the guide that helped me correct the error of omission.
The past few months marked a low phase in my life and that’s when I got hold of this book, ‘For One More day’. I feel that Mitch Albom appears at the right time, like that loyal friend who knows when you are going through some struggle and rises up to hold you. He’s like that friend with whom though you wouldn’t talk much, yet he comes and stands with you when you need it the most. That is why I always say: Books are better than people. And what have I learned from this book? Well, I want you to find it out yourself. I hope you get time to experience the power of emotions that radiate from the words of Mitch Albom.
Now, I request you to get into the comment section and let me know about the special author/book that helped you sail through the rough storms. Delve into the bags of memories and post some magical books that may impact many lives positively.
Until we meet again, keep reading, writing and most importantly BE KIND!