Creativity is a part of you and therefore always inside of you!
According to Wikipedia, a writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown. Even though this effectively explains what the block is, to me it doesn’t really cover the essence, emotions or thoughts that I as a person went through with the block. I realised that I was going through it early enough when I stopped frequently updating this corner of my world, theboldafrican. I didn’t feel so bold.
There are many articles on how to overcome writer’s block, just google it. This is not one of those articles, even though I am writing again, I am not quite sure I can say that I have overcome it. Despite the fact that I am writing and posting again, I still feel uneasy as I write this. It feels like coming out of a deep slumber to find that the world didn’t wait for you and now you don’t know where to go from here.
A big part of why I stopped was fear. Fear is funny, maybe not so much in a comic way but in a sardonic way. I knew it was fear that had made me stop. I was afraid of the topics I was writing about, I feared the responses and unknowingly offending people, Of my blog not having a main theme or of my words being interpreted the wrong way. And finally, I was afraid of success and the unknowns that come with it. I was afraid of a future, that in essence would never quite play out the way I imagined.
Fear is normal. I am going to get scared, but I refuse to let that stop me. I love to write, it’s an expression of who I am, an extension of me brought out from my experiences. It helps me reflect and release emotions that are piled up inside of me. Words are magic, they cast a spell on me and to read a beautifully structured sentence with meaning arouses me. Writing helps me tell stories and pass time. I can tear you down or build you up with my words. If ever you get a creative block, remember it doesn’t last.
As a writer, you are presented with two choices, to either write well or perhaps not so well. The choice not to write is not a choice at all.
Till next post, stay creative!