22 November, 2016

#SpecialFeature :: #GuestPost - The Writer’s Block by Aniesha Brahma



*** Special Feature - November 2016 ***


About the Author
Aniesha Brahma is an author who realized her passion for writing at the tender age of six. She also happens to be the social media manager for BEE Books. Her debut novel, The Secret Proposal (2012) was published by General Press and was followed by When Our Worlds Collide (2015) by the same. She blogs at: www.anieshabrahma.com and runs an online magazine, BUZZ Magazine (www.buzzmagazine.in). She can be contacted at: aniesha.brahma@gmail.com. She lives in Kolkata with her family and her five super adorable cats! 



The Writer’s Block

“Writers Block: When your imaginary friends will not talk to you.”

That is one of the possible definitions we writers have for this mysterious term called writer’s block. To be honest, every single creative work requires inspiration. And when you’re feeling thoroughly uninspired you claim to have a block. Perhaps life has been overwhelming you and your 9 to 5 has been demanding more than enough of your time. So you cannot find that little spark which will set you off on the path to writing. Maybe trying to catch hold of this spark is what makes one claim they’re blocked.

Here’s the real trouble with writer’s block though: it’s just something writers have come up with to make themselves sound so darn mysterious. What writers need to realize is that you cannot be creatively inspired twenty hours a day, seven days a week. There will be bad days. And there will be good writing days. And you’re going to have to accept what no one around you will: writing is a job.

When you decided to tell stories to the world, it became your job. Remember when you were a child and had to go to school because that was expected of you? Did you want to go to school every day? Or even now, when you’re at your day job – do you want to go to work every single day? No. Isn’t it?

Then why should writing be any different? Do not make the excuse of having a writer’s block when you’re not writing. Say you’re not feeling up to it. But you know what? Sit down and power through the writer’s block. Write whatever comes to your mind. Because you can always edit a bad first draft. You cannot edit a blank page.

Earlier this year, someone had asked me why I was willing to take part in NaNoWriMo and yet refused to write one blog post each day. I explained to them, that NaNoWriMo allows me to hammer out stories and characters which are not perfect, that this is not the final version which would be shared with the world. While my blog posts need to be perfect. Because those will be shared instantly with the world! And I honestly believe, for blog posts, quality should triumph quantity. So while I would encourage you to power through your blocks when you’re writing a story/novel, I would ask you to take your time with your blog posts.

Understand that blog posts and novels have very different kinds of blocks. Though, neither is undefeatable. The point I am trying to make here is this: no one has a writer’s block. We just need to find the correct time and place to hammer out the words that always seem to be at the tips of our fingers when we are doing anything but writing! :)


All Signs Lead Back to You by Aniesha Brahma
2013.

As the final bell for the day rang on their last day in school, Diya Rai, had a chill run down her spine. The chill of not knowing what the future holds for her and her high school sweetheart, Ashwin Chowdhury.
So she does a preemptive strike.
She dumps him before he can hurt her.

2015.

Two years later, Ashwin and Diya, cross paths. Each holds grudges, feelings and only one half of the story that completes them.
Told from alternating points of view, through a non-linear timeline, this is the story about 

first love, second chances and ALL the SIGNS THAT LEAD BACK TO YOU.

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