Writer’s Block and Other Slumps

I’m sitting here pondering what to write about.

Correction: I’ve been sitting here pondering what to write about. 

I’ve Googled blog post ideas, and have looked at other blogs for inspiration. Yet, zilch. I’m still waiting for that metaphorical surge of lighting that will push me off a cliff into a creative abyss. 

So, I’m writing about writer’s block, and also just general blocks.

When there’s a road block, you find a way around it: a detour. These detours usually mess up a lot of plans and cause a lot of stress, but somehow, one way or the other, you end up where you’re supposed to. It’s the best example of fate, and I’m a believer (albeit a flimsy one) in fate. So when I write, I always wonder if my writer’s block is supposed to happen. Maybe the universe has this great idea in store for me, but doesn’t want to mess anything up by giving it to me now. Unfortunately, though that could be great, but it doesn’t benefit me immediately. 

I’ve also been in a “research” slump. As freshmen, we have to come up with an experiment we want to conduct during our sophomore year, and the proposal for said project is due sometime in April. In the beginning of the year, I was confident in my idea, but as I researched further and saw all of the issues, I realized I needed a new idea. So, the world came crashing down. I felt attacked by all of the amazing wunderkinds who were on the road to curing cancer at Intel Science Fair, while I was still contemplating whether or not to cite in APA or MLA. I felt severely disadvantaged because I wasn’t a pro at coding, or had little resources in terms of labs. Also, I couldn’t understand half of the titles of the projects.

As of now, I’m still in a slump, but I’m slowly crawling back to creativity and originality.

One reason why is a TED Talk I watched last night. To begin with, I love TED talks. This particular one, which I can’t think of the name, was about a man who used his limitations to inspire his creativity. During art school, he developed shaky hands and permanent nerve damage, rendering him incapable of creating the art he knew and loved. After seeing a neurologist, the man was told to “embrace the shake.” This pushed him to embrace his limitations, and after overcoming them, falling into a creative slump. In order to get out of his slump, the man used limitations in his art. He created beautiful pieces with strange constraints such as only being able to use karate chops, or Starbucks coffee cups. 

So in spirit of that TED talk and my current creative slump, I’m going to attempt to use any and all limitations as a boost. I’m going to spend less time trying to think outside of the box, and instead, make the very best out of what’s inside the box. 

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2 thoughts on “Writer’s Block and Other Slumps

  1. This is such a great post. I love that you accepted where you were and went with it. Thank you for pushing through and taking a wonderful detour. I loved reading this post.

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