Friday, June 22, 2007

Writer's Block....

The best writers in the world encounter a stumbling block...i'm just a novice.....i edit/write for a living, but even Lord knows my writing is far below mediocre....so what happens when i face a writer's block? I had interviewed a renowned poet a few months ago, who told me how he encounters writer's block. Every writer faces it, i face it everyday when i'm on the lookout for a story idea. I just hope my grey cells are capable enough to cross the block sooner than later! No not hope, it's a sincere prayer really, lord! i need to save my job after all!
My boss tells me to write a story every week. And, i rummage for story ideas. They come to me anytime...and sometimes they don't come to me at all...i'm left clueless...what do i write about that's not already been written?
My boss tells me, features writing is all about "saying it differently"...everyone already knows what you're writing. The skill lies in presenting it differently, with a new facet, a novel approach. Yes, its true. Most of our news pages are filled with stuff you all have read before, yet we manage to tactfully lure you into reading our words everyday! That feels great,really, especially when we know in our hearts that it's merely a play of words packaged interestingly!

4 comments:

Sam said...

alright ipsy, given your situation, the writer's block syndrome takes a differnet hue and color altogether.. and i am all the at sea, as to how to help you there... for me it's simply a matter of taking a break... for a few days.. adn just read... and then I am back in rhythm...
And for the contents of a newspaper.... lolzz.... i knew that's what you guys do... but then not all are as smart as me.. sheesh!! you souldn't have let out this secret lady!! :)

Neel said...

Totally understand the utter hopelessness of the print media professionals to cough up with some enticing stories to keep the readership competition flowing.........i gather some packaging exploits include cheap frills and thrills.......
but really good genuine writers to tend to hold their way and they maintain their royal bank of readers.........
talking about writer's block,although i do not possess the same pedigree as you do,but i do tend to come up with ideas at very weird moments in my life like suddenly waking up from a slumber at3 oclock at night,staring at the roadside from a window seat of a public transport,and rather ridiculously conjuring up thoughts in the washroom...........

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