That feeling every writer knows

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That growing sense of dread as you approach the desktop. The groggy eyes from a night spent trying to remember that smacker of a headline. The lethargy of racking your brains over coffee. Modern-day writers are just as troubled a lot as the Hemingways and Poes of yore (not that there’s ANY comparison in merit or talent, meh). In fact, the only reason our rooms look cleaner is because the backspace on the keypad is the new discarded paperball of bad sentences.

I panicked the first time I had to write an article. It’s a decade-and-a-half, and I still feel like the helpless babe (the wailing, tiny kind not the substitute for hotness). Panic sets in before I begin to write even.

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If I am having a chat with a colleague after turning one in, my mind has a hard time focussing on the face or the words because it’s floating back to that exclamation mark sticking out like a pole in barren land. If there was a Magnet to sweep exclamation points away like iron filings, I’d have had it first.

Note: Exclamation marks are almost always not required.Remember the episode The Sniffing Accountant from the iconic Seinfeld series? Elaine breaks up with her boyfriend because he won’t use an exclamation point in his note.

Of course, she goes on to overcompensate by adding exclamation points in her edit and almost gets fired.

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So much for the before and after of writing something as short as a 500-2,000 word article. During the process, however, once in a noon, I am in the flow and the words pour out like healing waters from a hot spring. I lose track of time. Hours seem like minutes and before I know it, dusk has set in. Writers will know this feeling. Runners know it. Chefs know this sensation. A lot of my musician buddies experience this in the studio in phases that last for days during a collaboration.

Author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi puts it beautifully in his bestseller Flow (I highly recommend it for understanding the creative process).

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All the misery of the before and after is worth the state of flow. It’s bliss, higher consciousness, serenity and oneness. From panic and inner chaos to this? Who wouldn’t want to write?

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by Kasmin Fernandes

via Daily Prompt: Panicked

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If you’re an author and would like to be interviewed on this blog about your books, contact me with your details. The Unstuck blog has been created as a platform for creative people, specially writers. I am a strong believer in the law of attraction and that we are magnets in some way or the other. In the spirit of promoting the writing and blogging community, here are my picks of top stories and essays on the theme of “Magnet” from the vast daily-prompt library.

  1. Lincoln, Tesla, Joseph Henry connected by fate – David J Kent
  2. Why a magnet? – Fictionalism
  3. Magnet – Martha Ann Kennedy
  4. The magnetic law – Brave smart bold
  5. Read this if you’re a magnet for drama – Just in Kace
  6. Magnetic energy – The many layers of Jen
  7. Magnet – Dirty little secret
  8. No place like home – Life on the skinny branches
  9. The draw of polarity – Virtuous paragon
  10. Apps the way to go – Sheetal Bravon
  11. Magnet of piety – Islamic methodologies made easy
  12. Every Friday – MK Bhanu
  13. Magnet school – Rita Kay
  14. Magnet – Saturnalia saturation
  15. In no position to judge – Anna Jailene Aguilar
  16. I’m walking on sunshine – Sascha Darlington
  17. The ocean owns my heart – Adventures of a busy mom
  18. Jump! Bust the fear – Successful leaders
  19. Magnet – Rosemary Carlson
  20. This isn’t about you – Cimmerian sentiment
  21. Stuck on repeat – Bia Atlas
  22. The magnet of pain/ pleasure principle
  23. Copycat cafe – Redux of rex
  24. Scottie dogs – Linda’s writing blog
  25. You don’t know Jack – David J Kent
  26. Sunny me on a rainy day – The Delight Project
  27. Selling mixed feelings – Flip flops every day
  28. Planting a vegetable garden – This and that
  29. *Censored – The 15th day
  30. Our family’s trans-formation – Southern by Design
  31. A man of mystery
  32. You have been looking for us – The vampyre memoirs
  33. A forgotten wedding – Phonograms
  34. Building can be magnetising – Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  35. The truth about romance – Life’s fine w(h)ine
  36. Liquid detox – You are entering my mind
  37. Opposites are fine – Kindergarten knowledge
  38. For the love of art – Escape to the barn
  39. Attraction, repulsion – Bird flight
  40. Magnetised – feline – Anglo Swiss cat chronicles
  41. Animal magnetism – Jim Adams
  42. That we might understand – The logical Jon
  43. Centrale Montemartini – IJ Khanewala
  44. Hibernophiles and other crazy relatives – Jane’s journals
  45. A magnet called social media – VishrutiA magnet called social media – Vishruti
  46. Storyteller – Emma Palova
  47. Beyond reason – Keeping this real
  48. Mississippi Golf Coast – the art of healing and remembering Hurricane Katrina
  49. My take on church – Shannon Joy
  50. Magnetic – Vinay’s blog
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19 thoughts on “That feeling every writer knows

  1. That feeling every writer knows… backspace on the keypad a paperball of discarded sentences, to be in the flow when hours seem like minutes … you absolutely nailed it ! Also in defence of my favourite punctuation, Exclamation marks are always almost not required, I’m going to go full speed ahead with it. How else will I convey what a delight your post was Kasmin!

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