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Why Writers Block Is Afraid Of Me

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It is true.  Writers Block and its cousin Bloggers Block are afraid of me.

You want to know why, of course.

Why Writers Block / Bloggers Block Are Afraid of Me

I love to write.

Everywhere.
On my kitchen shelf.
In a pad I always carry.
At the back of books. Why do you think they leave one blank page?
When I am sitting in front of my computer screen, I use the “compose” mode in Gmail (who calls it email anymore?) and create drafts upon drafts. It is convenient because it kindly auto-saves without me having to remember to do it.

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I am a shutterbug.

Every photo I click is a master piece in my mind. And it is not just about picture quality, although that’s sometimes true, too. Every picture tells me a story. Each time I pull up an album and browse the pictures, I visually recall everything related to the moment I clicked it. And I can talk. When I was in Grade 6, one of my teachers, during a parent-teacher meeting, laughingly suggested that we cut a tiny piece of my tongue to slow down my chatter. Can you believe I remember her name? Sister Marita. Yep. And I have an elephant’s memory. I like to write about these things.

I observe.

I truly believe in the concept of balance. Some say it is because my sun sign in Libra. But I say it is my basic belief about life’s balancing act. I am visually challenged and cannot read from my right eye. And just about manage with glasses. I am also colorblind. But strangely, I have a keen sense of color and combining colors with regard to clothes. I also notice the little things. And I remember. At any given time, I’d remember what someone I met for the first time was wearing. I like to write about what I observe.

I listen.

I am curious, not inquisitive. There is a difference. When I listen, I learn. And enjoy the experience. I listen to those I interact with and I listen to others talk in a crowd. When I am on the bus, I enjoy the conversations around me. When I visit my son’s school, I love the chatter of the children around me. And have fun participating in them. And I write about them.

I see the humor in every situation

There is a funny side and a sunny side to everything. You know what they say about the silver lining to that dark cloud. And it is important to be conscious of this. I am, and it is what keeps me cheerful and cool. I practice seeing things objectively as much as I can (after I secretly overcome the subjective part, of course). And I write about it.

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Thanks ellendubois.com

I interact.

The fun part of blogging is connecting. I enjoy interacting and this leads to collaborations. Remember the Write Tribe Anthology – Book 1 featuring more than 36 bloggers’ posts? I like to share the love by linking to others. By doing an opinion poll or asking a question and featuring the answers in collaborative posts like

Leaving a Legacy

Happiness is celebrating with you

When I am short on time, I write a quick post and show off my friends’ blogs, which means some great reading for my blog’s visitors. Or through guest posts from others here on my red carpet. I’ve had the honor of being the privileged catalyst in connecting other like-minded souls. And there is no such thing as too many friends, you know. Only people we haven’t met. Yet. And I like to write about it.

I think.

Yes, I have opinions. But I do not believe in ranting on this blog. I enjoy keeping this space positive, inspiring or thought-provoking. And that keeps me constantly thinking of ways to make that happen on a daily basis. Consequently, it improves the way I live. And keeps me smiling. I like to write about it.

I read.

A lot. I have enough books to keep me happy for as long as I live and I am adding to it all the time. I like to write book reviews of the ones I enjoy.

All of the above more or less define me as a person and that keeps up my flow of words. It also steered my career path through advertising, sales, marketing and training. My only challenge is too much to say and too little time to say it. Which is why I write three blogs.

Vidya Sury Collecting Smiles
Coffee With Mi
Be Healthy, Be Happy

Today, I work as a writer, editor and business blogger for a living and that gives me scope to explore different writing styles. I believe my secret is persistence, a desire to learn, keeping an open mind and a readiness to help others.

And by the way, being a parent is in itself grist for the writing mill by way of parenting.

You see what I mean about too much to say?

And that, dear people, is why I do not believe in writers block or bloggers block.

No danger of this ever happening to me!

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Here’s a great article: 13 famous writers on overcoming writer’s block

If you’re wondering why I wrote Writers block instead of Writer’s Block, it is because it doesn’t deserve an apostrophe. In this post.

And by the way, I’d like Beloo Mehra who writes a fabulous blog to know that she’s not the only last-minuter. She has solid competition. I’ve managed to sneak in a link a minute before a linky closed. Even if it closes, there are ways to have it added. Bah, deadlines!

Have tips to add?

So what is your take on writers block / bloggers block ?

And what made you smile today?

It is Day 16 of the Ultimate Blogging Challenge July 2014

and BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo July 2014

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    kalpana solsi
    July 16, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Vidya this post is fabulous. The dreaded Writer’s Block or blogger’s block can never come close to you. You are a prolific writer.

    A lady writer can be bored due to various reasons but a writer’s block can never affect her. She can rattle a dish which when she cooked for the first time, went wrong or the memories associated with it. A lady can talk of the the past childhood and connect it to the present and weave a wonder story around it. She can look around her children and build stories. She can think of her colleagues and lo a book of interesting anecdotes will spring up. Did I write too much?
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    Susan Scott
    July 16, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    GRRRREAT post Vidya thank you. So clear and concise in spite of having so much to say. It is a gift you have … I’ll check out the linky link – later.
    Much made me smile today – I took myself off for a quick walk this p.m. and was very pleased with myself.
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    My Inner Chick
    July 17, 2014 at 2:17 am

    “”I interact.
    The fun part of blogging is connecting.””

    thank goodness, because otherwise we wouldn’t have met!

    Love you more than the aqua blue bird who visits me once a week!

    xxx GREAT POST, Vidya.
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      Vidya Sury
      July 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you Kim – I completely agree. I can’t imagine not being connected to you! ♥ Love you more than the group of kites soaring in the sky and making my heart smile every day!

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    Damyanti
    July 17, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I never get blogger’s block– only blogger’s laze.

    I do get writer’s block when writing fiction, and it is often for a reason, a good one. I’ve often found that when I’m blocked, I’m not going where my subconscious wants to take me– I’m trying to do the writing, instead of letting it come to me, if that makes any sense.
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      Vidya Sury
      July 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Yes, it does, Damyanti! I understand. Blogger’s Laze. I like the sound of that. 🙂 I am doing the daily blogging challenge to conquer it!

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    ag
    July 17, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    we think you write great. Inviting to adviceadda.com.
    have a look at what some of the writers have contributed to us.

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    Suzy
    July 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I’m Libra too. Maybe that’s why I’m a shutterbug, I listen, I observe, I love to write, etc etc. Nice one Vidya, enjoyed this post.
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    Shiva
    July 17, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I am in love with you and everything you write… how on earth do you make it sound so simple and so beautiful… And yes writer block is not a word for you
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    Michelle Wallace
    July 17, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I like this Vidya!
    You’ve reduced the so-called “power” associated with Writers block… make it sound so simple…
    This post made me smile!
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    Shalini
    July 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I loved the way you narrated, Mam. It’s perfect! I run out of ideas and I couldn’t write anything for for days in this UBC Challenge. I wish I could learn more. Thanks for the tips 🙂
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    Michelle Liew
    July 17, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    WIse, engaging thoughts, Vidya!
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    Hema
    July 17, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    This is a really helpful post. Writer’s block can be rather frustrating and downright depressing too. But your upbeat attitude is the best way to combat it. One way I try to work around it is to re-read what I wrote the day before. Nine times out of ten, I start editing and before I know it, I’m writing:) rReading your favorite authors can also jump start you into writing mode.

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    Richa Singh
    July 17, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    As much as I am inspired I know for me writer’s and blogger’s block are very real things. I don’t know if following all the tips listed in various WT entries can help me but well guess who is trying each one of them 😀
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    Found In Folsom
    July 18, 2014 at 12:37 am

    I always thought that this block will never touch me. But, now it has. After the A to Z challenge, I haven’t really written anything. I want to, but now I am getting used to laziness factor. Even when I didn’t write, I read. Now, I lose the interest to read blogs as well. Glad I came here today 🙂

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    simple girl
    July 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

    You know what, that’s why I come to your blog everyday, for posts like this. so inspiring and it makes me smile and feel happy.. The way you write, I just love it, the words flow smoothly in perfect order …
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    Sebastian Aiden Daniels
    July 18, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Vidya the slayer of writer’s block! This was a fun post to read. I also loved the link to famous authors words on writers block. I agree with you that writers block does not exist, but it is still tough as nails sometimes to sit down and do that writing. At least it is for me, it doesn’t seem to be for you ; ).
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    Proactive Indian
    July 19, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Great methods for avoiding writer’s block (or writers block!). Of course, you have mastered those methods, while I have yet to use them effectively.
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    Fab
    July 21, 2014 at 6:38 am

    About your talent on coming up with color combinations – Whenever I see your photo, I always note what you’re wearing. I love how you combine colorful necklaces with your clothes to create some really interesting outfits! And you manage 3 blogs – you are super-blogger!! I’d also suggest starting a fashion blog 🙂
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    Vishal Bheeroo
    July 23, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Hey Vidya, this post made me smile..your a magician and you know that? Hehe!! Invaluable advice spelt out here and will try to implement…right now, I am facing the block and yet gotta write in the evening..dunno how to submit for UBC…Creative juice has gone for a toss!

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