I want to start writing again, but how and on what?
I glance at my list of suggested topics – all look appealing; none are inspiring enough to put pen to paper.
Then, the chatter in my head begins. Its critical rant further deepening my ‘writer’s block.’
I scribble down some words, and form some sentences. Boring!
I stop. I turn over the page. I set my pen aside.
Time to try a new strategy.
I take a deep breath and gaze out the window. I see that the sky which is now grey with the rain clouds. I continue breathing deeply and focus more intently on rhythmic movements in the sky.
I notice that the chatter in my head has lessened. My body feels less tense. I feel calmer. Inspired to move, I get off my chair, and break into a slow and graceful dance. No music, no audience, no partner – just the rain clouds and my breath.
A few minutes later, I stop. I take a final deep breath.
I feel different – more in flow.
‘Let’s try this again,’ I decide as I gaze back at my blank page and my pen.
I gleefully observe as meaningful words and sentences fill the page. I turn the page over and continue writing with ease.
Moral of the story? When feeling stuck, in any activity, just stop for a moment – pause, take a short break, do something different. Connect with nature, dance, breathe and breathe deeply. Its like unplugging and re-plugging yourself!
Shahin Sharma, BA ACC