Skip to main content

Writer's Block: Don't Know Your Today's Topic?

Writer’s Block

Are there not days when you sit thinking and thinking to find an idea for an article and discarding anything that comes your way as crap? Have you been sometimes afraid that the editor that is reading your work may comment to his friends in the office, laughing, “This guy writes crap, pure crap!”? Have you actually dreamed your friend and editor reading your work with clearly strained face, occasionally shaking his head?

It’s all due to your fear of your own writing. 90 per cent of the new writers are convinced that their writing is not up to the mark. You have a hero, a best selling writer, and you yearn to write like him. You feel inherently that you can never be actually like him. This is the cause of anxiety.

Though you may not be as talented as your favorite best selling author, you may well be more talented than several hundreds of published, selling writers. Many new writers don’t understand this fact and unnecessarily strain themselves with unwanted thoughts. This is the basic reason behind the issue of writer’s block. I already wrote an article, the guide to killing your writer’s block. In this article, we will look at another issue: Finding a topic to write about.

I sometimes stand up, put my hands on my head and scream “What shall I write about now? Aarrrgggggh!”

Freewriting

When you don’t have a topic, you may do the same thing too. Freewriting is a way in which you can fight writer’s block effectively. As such, this is no new technique. It already was there in existence for years.

First of all, choose a topic you wish to address today (yes, ironically, to get a topic, you need a topic). Now, all you need to do is write whatever comes to your mind on a pieceof paper without looking at the paper at all. Write freely, that’s what it is.

At the end of your freewriting session, just take a look at what you have come up with. You can read it fully and see what you don’t understand. Questions will naturally form in your mind. Make a list of these questions. Chances are that from one of these questions, you will land a wonderful topic for your writing today. Look at what I did today:

What I wrote in freewriting:

My topic: Freelancing

“I at last thought about starting a freelancing career last year when my mother told me I need to get a job but I was afraid to get any money. In fact it tends to be fair to assume my girlfriend would give me some money to start a writing career. But I don’t know how to start a writing career without writing several topics a day, in fact writing several topics is something every author does though I concentrate on only one post per day. How then can I really write several posts per day? It’s a question I found intimidating and fascinating. It gave me the idea of fighting with my writing day, and getting rid of writer’s block.”


There you are! When I wrote this paragraph, completely through freewriting, within a minute’s time, I ended with the word ‘writer’s block’. I knew that was the best topic to address today at that point of time itself. So, from a mere general topic ‘freelancing’, I came to ‘writer’s block’ and tips to fight writer’s block. I didn’t even have to ask questions and form a list to get the topic.

You can do this simple technique yourself and find the best topic for the day’s post. In fact, this way, you can come up with ten or fifteen topics for you to write daily.

You can do freewriting through various means. One is using a pen and paper to merely write what comes to your mind looking up. You can use the notepad or your word processor to do freewriting, while eyes are closed or monitor is switched off.

Do it whenever you don’t have a topic to address. Please comment what you feel about this.

Copyright © Lenin Nair 2008

Comments

  1. Definitely works. I did it recently on vacation when I needed some down time after driving for several hours. Within a couple of minutes I was able to hack out a couple of paragraphs about my vacation.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks, Georgie for the comment. Indeed, it's a wonderful method and several writers have expressed this opinion.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Comments are moderated very strictly

Popular posts from this blog

What Is the Difference Between Hardcover and Paperback?

Today, my reader, Rahman contacted me with a doubt:

Dear Lenin, would you explain why there are two types of books: hardcover and paperback?
This is quite a simple affair and there are explanatory articles to be found at various places on the Net. Here is my addition.

Hardcover

A hardcover aka hardback is a book bound with thick protective cover, with usually a paper or leather dust jacket over the main cover. The aim of hardcover is protection and durability. These books are mainly for long-term use and collectors’ editions. Hardcover books last far longer than the corresponding paperbacks. They do not get damaged easily thus making them perfect for reference guides, great literary works, etc.

In addition, there is a difference in the type of paper used to print hardcover books. The paper used is long-lasting acid-free type. Acid-free paper has a pH value of 7 (neutral) which makes it highly durable. The papers are stitched and glued to the spine.

Hardbacks are prepared for commercial …

En Dash, Em Dash, and Hyphen

We have three types of dashes in use: The hyphen, En Dash, and the Em Dash. In this post, we will see how to use them all correctly.

Hyphen (-)

The hyphen is the minus key in Windows-based keyboards. This is a widely used punctuation mark. Hyphen should not be mistaken for a dash. Dash is different and has different function than a hyphen.

A hyphen is used to separate the words in a compound adjective, verb, or adverb. For instance:

The T-rex has a movement-based vision.
My blog is blogger-powered.
John’s idea was pooh-poohed.


The hyphen can be used generally for all kinds of wordbreaks.

En Dash (–)

En Dash gets its name from its length. It is one ‘N’ long (En is a typographical unit that is almost as wide as 'N'). En Dash is used to express a range of values or a distance:

People of age 55–80 are more prone to hypertension.
Delhi–Sidney flight was late by three hours.


In MS Word, you can put an En Dash either from the menu, clicking Insert->Symbol or by the key-combination, Ctrl + Num…

What Is the Meaning of the Word 'Ghajini'? Story and Trivia of Aamir Khan's New Film [Special]

[Special Entry]



Aamir Khan's latest film is titled a little weirdly for the taste of Hindi filmgoers. 'Ghajini': They have never heard of such a name, and such a word never existed in Hindi or in any other Indian language.

The name Ghajini is the name of the villain of the film. In Tamil version, the name of the villain was Laxman.

As a Tamil moviegoer, I have already watched Ghajini and know the story in full.

So, What Does the Title Mean?

In Tamil, the title of the film is inspired by the story of Mahmud of Ghazni, an ancient invader of India. This person was so persistent in invading India that he continued trying after several failures. In the film too, the protagonist is such persistent in finding out and killing the villain of the film, who had killed his girlfriend, Kalpana (played by Asin). Aamir's Character (named Sanjay Ramaswamy in Tamil), is a short-term amnesiac, who cannot remember anything more than fifteen minutes.

You may ask then how the Ghazni became…