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Writer's block

A psychological condition

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  • Jun 26, 2011

When a memory invokes one to act, when a piece of music rekindles the love in your heart, when out of somewhere the inspiration comes, it is the formula for something uniquely special. That something special is that which calls for something greater than oneself and one’s self-contained world.
To continue to put up something that is meaningful to oneself and then hopefully to others, it takes a lot more than perseverance and inspiration. It takes a belief that one can do better, that one can’t help himself or herself, that one is anointed with something beyond the physical and the mystical. That something special is the voices in our heads and hearts.
There was a dream
Long time ago
There was a dream
Destined to grow

For a lifetime
Of heartbreaks
That brought us here today
We will go all the way

And, it feels like we're having
The time of our lives
Let's light the fire, find the flame
Let's come together as one in the same
'Cause it feels like we're having
The time of our lives

We'll find the glory in the game
All that we are, for all that we are
For the time of our lives

We'll find the glory (Find the glory...)
In the end (In the end...)
For all that we are
For everything that we wanna
be and all that we are
For the time of our lives
For the time of our lives...

Sometimes it takes the “poet” in me to write something as simple as a review. I started out review #500 not knowing what I should write about. Yeah, you’re not alone. Even after hundreds of reviews, I stumble. What should I write on today? It’s not just that it’s review #500, which in some ways is a milestone as these reviews don’t come by over the years. They are not historical pieces from some decade ago (on a different website, from a different era). Instead, they come in bits & pieces in the space of the last 2 years; as and when I feel the desire and need to write. Sometimes, it’s what transpired inside while at other times, it’s from what I see in movies and in real life. Occasionally, someone up there compels me to “write”.

Hello! Are you still out there? I no longer wake up morning after morning with words rushing out of my mind to be captured on “papers”. Occasionally, I looked out of my bedroom’s window and saw men waiting by the shore to catch the fish of the day. Today, it’s just a tiny boat out there in the middle of the sea, so calm and serene, a reflection of my mind; just a mere light wind, not a word shouting out to the world… how strange! I guess some of you might call it writer’s block. Since I’m not even a writer, (if I was indeed one, albeit an unpaid one!), I possibly can’t even call it that.
So, unfortunately, at this juncture, this is the best I could do for you the readers. The 2nd time in my life I encountered writer’s block (after almost the same duration of writing continuously for a period of 2 years or so the first time round). I don’t have much to share at this juncture, what I do have is some great pieces of music which I can offer to share. They are my inspiration as well as some of the best works out there in the world which I feel if I could only write as well as they do, even if only a mere 1/10 of it, it would have been phenomenal as far as I am concerned.

This is it, folks! Review #500 and if God’s willing, my last one here on Lunch.com. I’m taking a long overdue break (for now, I clearly have no idea how long that’s going to be)!


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June 30, 2011
You can count the number of times in your life that you've experienced writer's block? I can't! :P Honestly, I feel like I have it all the time and felt like that blogger in the cartoon picture you posted. Some time ago though, I just realized that if I want to write something, all I have to do is START, and aim low; not expect a novel, but maybe a paragraph, and the rest just eventually flows to me.  I actually just started a little project 365 blog to keep my creative juices flowing.  It was meant for me to just post a photo a day, but I find that my descriptions are getting a little long!

Anyways, great review.  And ironic that your 500th review is on this topic ;P
July 01, 2011
Yep, only 2 occasions for an extended period of time. It's probably due to the fact I've had it good for way too long, LOL... Considering I'm not that fond of composition in my school days, I think it's a miracle to my classmates that I've blogged the way I did! As for review #500 I had intended it to be Harry Potter's last chapter but I guess that's not meant to be :p It might have been ironic but it's quite apt, imho.

As for writing a paragraph to begin with, well, I've had 6 reviews in draft doing that for the last year! Nope, that's not how it worked with me, unfortunately!

Speaking of which, you've a great deal to catch up on ;-)
July 01, 2011
I'm hoping to begin on another personal commercial project and IF I managed to find time and the creative juices to flow back, I might be able to contribute more. Otherwise, I think I've done quite a bit on Lunch in the last 2 years... it's time to think out of the box!
June 28, 2011
This was a simply beautiful review, a very worthy 500th achievement! I especially liked all the music you included. I enjoyed listening to them both as I read and after I finished your review. Your writing will be missed! Please enjoy your much needed break! Look forward to when you come back.
June 29, 2011
Thanks, Adrianna! There is a Chinese saying (休息是为了走更长远的路) which translates to a rest is due before one can make further advancement in life! :)
July 01, 2011
Sounds like a very wise saying. Thanks so much for sharing it!
June 27, 2011
break? well, I can say is, do what you need to do...fate will call you back when the time is right. Catch you later!!
June 28, 2011
Adios for now, amigo! See you in this part of the world! :)
June 28, 2011
I know your email anyway,...I may be on the trip real soon.
June 28, 2011
Great! If you do send something over to that email, give me notice on Lunch. I don't frequent that email account on a daily basis! :)
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Writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand. At the other extreme, some "blocked" writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers. It can manifest as the affected writer viewing their work as inferior or unsuitable, when in fact it could be the opposite.
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