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